Anna Lutz and Elizabeth Davenport chat with Marsha Dunn Klein, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and expert in the field of feeding children. They discuss how pressure and other factors such as the sensory aspects of eating affect our relationship and connection to food. They explore strategies parents and caregivers can use to feel supported in their efforts to feed their children, and ways to help children feel safe and regulated at mealtimes.
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Marsha Dunn Klein is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 53 years of experience. She has been a clinician, an author, an inventor and an educator. She co-authored the first pediatric feeding book, PreFeedingSkills in 1986 with Suzanne Evans Morris. They revised that book in 2000 and also co-authored Mealtime Participation Guide and Homemade Blended Formula Handbook. She co-authored Feeding and Nutrition for the child with Special Needs with Tracy Delaney. Her most current book is Anxious Eaters, Anxious Mealtimes: Practical and Compassionate Strategies for Mealtime Peace. Marsha designed the TeetherHeart and Duospoon, both available through Special Supplies. (Use code marsha20 for a 20% discount). Marsha co-founded the Get Permission Institute as an online teaching platform with courses for professionals and parents. Check out "Dear Parent", a free class for parents of picky eaters! Currently Marsha presents nationally and internationally on feeding challenges with children. She loves to cook, eat and travel, all the while, celebrating food!