May 28 2020


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


$25 for professionals, Free for parents and students

Food S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S: Starting from Familiar!

*Registration for this event is now closed. Thank you for your interest in our events! We hope you can join us for some of our other upcoming programs!


The Chicago Feeding Group is excited to welcome back Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, MEd, FAOTA!

A  s-t-r-e-t-c-h is a new food trying technique that helps a child learn to enjoy a new food or food property in tiny steps starting from a familiar food or food property.  You s-t-r-e-t-c-h from “familiar,” something the child knows and likes. We use stretches to build confidence. This webinar will help participants strategize ways to start with a familiar drink or solid and learn to be confident with a new one, to stretch from wet foods to dry and vice versa, to stretch from only one feeder to another, or from one vitamin or medicine to another and more. The focus is on practical and compassionate strategies that WORK for parents!  Join us!

Course Objectives:

  1. Define Food S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S in the context of infant and child feeding
  2. Describe practical S-T-R-E-T-C-H strategies to help children progress from familiar to new liquids, solids, textures and flavors, one feeder to another (and more).
  3. Describe practical strategies to S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S from dependent feeding to independent self- feeding. 
  4. Describe strategies to help therapy strategies bridge to home.
  5. Describe practical approaches to support parents with S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S.


Marsha is an occupational therapist who has spent an almost fifty year career specializing in pediatric feeding. She has co-authored a number of books on feeding including PreFeeding Skills, First and Second Edition , Mealtime Participation Guide, and Homemade Blended Formula Handbook with Suzanne Evans Morris. She co-authored Feeding and Nutrition for the Child with Special Needs with Tracy Delaney.  Her most recent book is entitled Anxious Eaters, Anxious Mealtimes: Practical  and Compassionate Strategies for Mealtime Peace. Before the coronavirus, she traveled nationally and internationally to present her Get Permission Approach feeding conferences…and she will again when we get to the other side of this pandemic!

This course will be held virtually via Zoom. The meeting link will be sent to registrants via email the day of the event. Please check your spam folder.

This course is being submitted for credit through the Illinois Early Intervention Program.