May 21 2024


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Living with Pediatric Feeding Disorder: Bridging Science and the Lived Experience

Presented by Meg Simione, PhD CCC-SLP and Athena Flicek

The impacts of pediatric feeding disorder (PFD) are far-reaching and may affect a child’s development, nutrition, and overall well-being. This presentation will examine the influence of PFD on daily life, social participation, and children’s quality of life, as well as on financial burdens and unmet social needs. By highlighting the current research along with stories of the lived experience of a mother with a child with PFD, this presentation will raise important issues and considerations for care teams, PFD advocates, and community members. Implications for assessment and treatment, and family resources to support overall welfare will also be identified.


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 5/20/2024. **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


About Meg Simione

Research Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School 

Dr. Meg Simione is a clinician-scientist with a focus on infant and child feeding and growth and implementing innovations to improve care delivery. She is a research scientist in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a speech-language pathologist, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Her research has examined the determinants and impacts of pediatric feeding disorders and childhood obesity and how to improve access to care through implementation science, telehealth approaches, and family-centered outcomes. As a clinician, she cares for children with pediatric feeding disorders and has developed and directed clinical programs and quality improvement initiatives to improve care for these children. Dr. Simione’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and foundations. She has authored numerous publications and has presented nationally and internationally.


About Athena Flicek

Programs and Events Manager, Feeding Matters
Mother of child with PFD

With a BA in Communication Studies, Management, and Education, Ms. Flicek oversees the planning and facilitation of the Feeding Matters International Pediatric Feeding Disorder Conference. She has over 16 years of experience in the education field and a 5-year-old son with pediatric feeding disorder. As a caregiver, she has seen firsthand the lasting effects feeding challenges have not only on the child but on all involved caregivers.

Book Event

Available Tickets: 955

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

The "Parent/Caregiver" ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Available Tickets: 955

For those who are working on degrees in a profession related to pediatric feeding; certificates not for professional development credit. **Students must register using their .edu email from their academic institution.**

The "Student" ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Available Tickets: 955

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

The "Professional/Provider" ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.