Dec 02 2020


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


$20 for professionals, Free for parents, students, and affiliates

Feeding Tubes and Families Part 2: Tube Transitions

No parent ever expects that their child will need a feeding tube. While a family may recognize the importance of a tube, they often are left asking the question: “But when will my child learn to eat?!” This seminar will explore how families can support their child with a feeding tube as they prepare for a tube transition.  The speaker will explore when a child and her family may be ready to transition to oral eating.  The workshop will emphasize the importance of helping children build internal motivation through hunger, taste, and enjoyment of family mealtimes. This workshop will include case studies and a conversation with a parent who supported her daughter during a transition from being G-Tube fed to becoming an oral eater.


Please note this event is taking place at 6:30 pm Central Standard Time. Registration will close one hour prior to the event start time at 5:00 pm Central Standard Time.

This event will be held virtually via Zoom. The meeting link will be sent to registrants via email on the day of the event when registration closes at 5:00 pm. 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. 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.


*Ticket Options

  • Parent/Caregiver: For those who are caring for a child who is learning to eat.
  • Student: For those who are working on degrees in a profession related to pediatric feeding; certificates not for professional development credit.
  • Professional: For those who work in an area related to pediatric feeding and are seeking professional development credits (SLP, OT, Dietician, SW, Nurse, etc.)
  • Staff: For staff members of the Chicago Feeding Group
  • Affiliate: 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.


Karen Dilfer, MS, OTR/L

Karen is an occupational therapist, feeding specialist, and food enthusiast. She loves to support children with motor sensory and mealtime challenges.  Karen practices at Amy Zier + Associates, a private pediatric therapy clinic in Chicago. Karen holds an Early Intervention Evaluator credential and teaches for the Early Intervention Training Program in Illinois. She is a clinical educator for the Get Permission Approach and regularly teaches and collaborates with Marsha Dunn Klein.