Jun 29 2022


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tube Feedings Are Mealtimes, Too: Helping Families Support Children with Feeding Tubes at the Table

“Get Permission” is a trust-based approach to pediatric feeding intervention. This two hour workshop will help parents and professionals understand how families can make peace with their child’s feeding tube. There will be a special emphasis on helping course participants learn how feeding tubes can be used to support the relationship between parents and their children.  Participants will learn how feeding tubes can be used to promote emotional well-being of parents and support a child’s mealtime participation. Video examples and real-life case studies will be used to help participants apply Get Permission principles to their own practice. This workshop is filled with practical mealtime and treatment suggestions.

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 where you live, look here

Registration will close at 5:00 pm Central Standard Time the day before the event. **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.


Tickets Available

Please register for the appropriate ticket type that best describes you. Please see descriptions below.

  • Caregiver
  • Student
  • Professional*
  • Affiliate

*We ask all professionals to register individually.

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


Marsha Dunn Klein OTR/L, MEd, FAOTA

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!

Karen Dilfer, M.S., OTR/L, C/NDT

Karen is an occupational therapist, feeding specialist, and food enthusiast.  She has a strong pediatric background and loves to help children with motor, sensory, and mealtime challenges. Karen received her Masters of Science degree from Washington University in St. Louis and is Neurodevelopmental  Treatment (NDT) trained. She also completed post-graduate education in Sensory Integration. Karen has worked with Marsha Dunn Klein, M.Ed., OTR/L, a leading expert in the field of pediatric feeding and creator of the “Get Permission” Approach to Mealtimes.  Karen works in private practice and Early Intervention in the Chicagoland area.