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Feeding Fundamentals, LLC is the consulting business founded by Erin Sundseth Ross, Ph.D., CCC-SLP to provide NICU consultation and professional development.  Dr. Ross’ experience working with both NICU and early intervention populations, coupled with her expertise in program development and evaluation, enable both professionals and systems to improve feeding and development in medically-fragile infants and young children.

Dr. Ross received her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from California State University, Stanislaus in May, 1988, and her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1989.   She received her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in May, 2007 in Clinical Sciences, Health Services Research.  Her doctoral thesis, entitled “Early Growth Velocity Predicts Longitudinal Growth Failure,” focused on identifying a predictor within the first 6 months of life of later growth faltering.  Dr. Ross completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Section of Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado in June, 2009.   She is certified in the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) and in the Assessment of Preterm Infant Behavior (APIB).

Dr. Ross is currently an Assistant Clinical Instructor within the Center for Family and Infant Interaction, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Colorado Denver. She also holds an Honorary Research Fellow appointment with the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia.  Dr. Ross has specialized clinically in the development of feeding skills in medically fragile infants, and the etiology and treatment of feeding and growth problems in infants and young children.  Dr. Ross’ research interests are focused on understanding feeding and growth in medically fragile and premature infants.  She provides clinical consultation to several NICU’s in the Denver metropolitan area in addition to working within a private practice outpatient feeding clinic and consulting through Feeding FUNdamentals, LLC.  With over 19 years of NICU experience combined with her outpatient consultations, Dr. Ross provides a perspective that crosses over the initial hospitalization through the first 5 years of life.

Dr. Ross is a parent advisor as well as the chair of the Legislative Committee for the Colorado Department of Education Special Education Advisory Committee (CSEAC).  She also sits on the Executive Committee as the Chair of the Research and Treatment committee for P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E. – Parents Organizing Partnerships Supporting Infants and Children Learning to Eat.

Dr. Ross has extensive clinical experience in both the NICU infant population and in Early Intervention (home and clinic based).  She has provided home-based therapy to support feeding acquisition in medically fragile children, and has worked in the clinic setting in collaboration with Dr. Kay Toomey.  Dr. Ross collaborated with Dr. Toomey to develop the Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding when Dr. Toomey joined Rose Medical Center in 1995. She has worked in the NICU at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado since 1990, and has participated in the Family Centered Care and the Developmentally Supportive Care committees.  Dr. Ross initiated and coordinated a system-wide implementation of developmentally supportive care training within the HealthONE healthcare system in the 1990’s.  She has provided consultation to several NICUs across the U.S.A. in support of shifting attention of caregivers during feeding medically fragile and premature infants from volume to skill acquisition as the outcomeDr. Ross has extensive clinical experience in both the NICU infant population and in Early Intervention (home and clinic based).  She has worked in the NICU at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado since 1990, and has participated in the Family Centered Care and the Developmentally Supportive Care committees.  Dr. Ross initiated and coordinated a system-wide implementation of developmentally supportive care training within the HealthONE healthcare system.  She has provided home-based therapy to support feeding acquisition in medically fragile children, and has worked in the clinic setting in collaboration with Dr. Kay Toomey.  Dr. Ross collaborated with Dr. Toomey to develop the Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding when Dr. Toomey joined Rose Medical Center in 1995.

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