Apr 08 2021


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

CFG Spotlight Series: Shannon Goldwater, A Mother’s Journey with Pediatric Feeding Disorder

The Chicago Feeding Group is grateful to welcome Shannon Goldwater, Founder and Emeritus Board Member of Feeding Matters. We look forward to hearing Shannon’s story of how her family navigated through the challenges of pediatric feeding disorder (PFD) with premature triplets and searched for treatment that was individualized and felt right for their family. Join us as we learn more about one family’s emotional challenges during the search for support and answers, and how these experiences ultimately led Shannon to establish Feeding Matters, an organization dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of children with PFD.


Please note this event is taking place at 6:30 pm Central Standard Time, and will be held virtually via Zoom. To find out what time this is in your country, look here. Registration will close at 5:00 pm Central Standard Time on Wednesday April 7, 2021. The meeting link will be sent to registrants via email that evening after registration closes. Please check your spam folder as our emails occasionally end up there.

This course has been 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.



$20 – Professionals

Free – Parents and Students


Tickets Available:


For those who are caring for a child who is learning to eat.


For those who are working on degrees in a profession related to pediatric feeding; certificates not for professional development credit.


For those who work in an area related to pediatric feeding and are seeking professional development credits (SLP, OT, Dietician, SW, Nurse, etc.)


For staff members of the Chicago Feeding Group


By invitation only; for official affiliates of the CFG 

*If you are registering/paying for more than one person, please include their name and email.


Shannon Goldwater, a native of Arizona, graduated, with a degree in marketing, from Arizona State University in 1997.  Since 1994, she has been a licensed Real Estate Broker in the Valley.  She is a devoted volunteer who has won several honors and accolades.  In her spare time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her 18 year old triplets, Megan, Will, and Lee, and her husband, Bob, of 23 years, as well as traveling, playing tennis, and riding horses.

Since 2006, Shannon Goldwater has been a visionary leader, ardent supporter, and steadfast champion as Founder of Feeding Matters. Shannon’s story began in 2002 when her premature triplets required feeding tubes to survive and suffered every time they were fed.  Her family’s harrowing experience fueled her determination to find comprehensive resources and support for her family and a relentless commitment to make sure feeding, something so fundamental to every child’s overall well-being and survival will never be disregarded.  Without a clear path, Shannon’s passion and ingenuity inspired Feeding Matters as a movement to fill an unmet need and create a world where all children with pediatric feeding disorder thrive.

During her 10 year tenure as Board Chair Shannon’s dedication and vision resulted in significant progress, in the field, including:

-Inception of the Infant and Child Feeding Questionnaire by bringing together international feeding experts to form the original Medical Professional Council.

-The creation of a nationwide online platform for family advice, resources, support, and a virtual learning center for the healthcare community.  

-The vision for a universally accepted definition and identity which lead to the groundbreaking 2018 publication of “Pediatric Feeding Disorder: Consensus Definition and Conceptual Framework.”