Course Description

This course will offer a practical, step-by-step outline to guide practitioners through the evaluation process with older children who struggle to enjoy eating. Karen will offer easy-to-implement strategies to assess a child’s food repertoire, sensory preferences, and mealtime skills, while emphasizing the importance of including parents in the assessment and therapy process.  

While the feeding relationship is seen as central in younger typically developing children, sometimes this aspect of feeding is neglected during the assessment process of older anxious eaters.  This course will help providers maintain a focus on relationship throughout the assessment process. Real life case examples and videos will help practitioners apply course material.


Audience

This intermediate level course is appropriate for OTs, SLPs, PTs, assistants, educators, early intervention providers, parents/caregivers, and other professionals (social workers, nurses, registered dieticians, etc.) working with children with feeding challenges. Please contact us at hello@getpermissioninstitute.com  with any needs regarding accommodations. 


You will learn to:

  • Understand 6 components of assessment: preparation, parent interview/feeding history, feeding observation, therapeutic interaction, idea exchange with families, and written reports & goal writing
  • Understand the importance of the parent-therapist relationship and describe the concept of a therapeutic alliance
  • Identify at least three different reasons why it is important to incorporate children and their parents in the assessment process. 
  • Implement successful strategies to include parents in the assessment process

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Instructor

Founder and Senior Instructor

Karen Dilfer, MS, OTR/L

Karen Dilfer 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. A Chicago native, Karen enjoys discovering new restaurants and cooking with friends and family. She is a founding member of the Chicago Feeding Group, a non profit organization that seeks to support parents and professions who work with children who struggle to eat. Karen was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune. Karen has a bachelor of science degree from Calvin College and a master’s of science degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) trained and has also completed post-graduate education in Sensory Integration. Karen trained under Marsha Dunn Klein at Mealtime Connections, LLC, in Tucson, Arizona. Karen is a contributing member to the Get Permission team and regularly teaches Get Permission workshops and webinars. She maintains a private practice and actively treats children with feeding challenges. You can learn more about her work here: www.eatwithkaren.com.

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CEU Info

Certificates will be issued verifying participation in two (2) hours of continuing education once full attendance has been verified. Please allow 2 weeks for certificates to be sent. Check with your professional organizations licensing bodies to determine exactly what may be accepted for you. This course is eligible for ASHA’s professional development hour requirements. You will not require ASHA pre-approval for this. See here [https://www.asha.org/certification/FactDef/] for more information. This course is eligible for AOTA credits. Please check your state's guidelines for specific information about how this continuing education activity may apply to your state's CEU requirements. 

Cancellations

Cancellations must be in writing and will incur a $10 fee. We are unable to give refunds after January 18, 2022. If the Get Permission Institute or speaker should need to cancel, course fees will be refunded or transferred to another course at the discretion of the participant.