Jun 12 2024


6:30 am - 8:00 pm

CFG Spotlight Series: Phalycia Barrios, Parenting a Child Who Struggled to Eat

Rylee Rose Barrios defied the odds from birth, arriving at just 24 weeks gestation and spending 5 ½ months in the hospital. She began receiving support through Early Intervention upon coming home, and is now thriving at school and ongoing therapy. Recent medical challenges have not dimmed her spirit, and she remains fiercely independent, social, and chatty. She finds joy in her family, has found a love of cooking, and dreams of becoming a chef one day. With the support of her family Rylee has blossomed, but the road to get there wasn’t easy. Phalycia, Rylee’s mom, faced the scary world of the NICU, medical procedures, and a myriad of therapies with Rylee head on. One of the significant challenges they faced were mealtimes. Rylee received a G tube during her NICU stay, and Phalycia and Rylee’s family had to learn how to support her feeding development in an unexpected way. Join us to hear Phalycia and Rylee’s story, the ups and downs of mealtime challenges with a feeding tube, and the ever-important experience of being a parent for a child who struggled to eat.


Important Registration Information

Tickets are available for Parent/Caregivers, Students, or Professionals. Please use the appropriate ticket for your role. Professional are asked to register individually (not as as group).

Time & Date

Please note this event is taking place at 6:30 pm Central Time, and will be held virtually via Zoom. To find out what time this is where you live, look here. Registration will close at 5:00 pm Central Time 6/11/2024. **Please check your spam folder as our emails occasionally end up there.**

CEU Credits

This course is being submitted for credit with the Illinois Early Intervention Program. Please check with your local professional organization to determine additional professional education credit. Those who have paid for a professional ticket and are in attendance for the duration of the full event will receive a certificate of attendance for credit. Those who registered for a student ticket will also receive a certificate, however these will not be eligible for CEUs.

Financial Assistance

Should cost be a concern that would hinder your participation, we may be able to offer financial assistance. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Lindsay Hoffer at