Marsha is a pediatric occupational therapist who has specialized in pediatric feeding for almost 50 years. She has co-authored Pre-Feeding Skills, First Edition, Pre-Feeding Skills: Second Edition, Mealtime Participation Guide, and Homemade Blended Formula with Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. She co-authored Feeding and Nutrition for the Child with Special Needs with Tracy Delaney. Her newest book is Anxious Eaters, Anxious Mealtimes: Practical and Compassionate Strategies for Mealtime Peace. When it is not the middle of a global pandemic, she presents nationally and internationally. She is a food celebrator and is passionate about supporting children and their families.
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.
Stephanie Cohen is a speech-language pathologist and lactation counselor in private practice who has worked with children with complex medical needs and their families for more than 20 years. Stephanie has advanced training in feeding and swallowing; she specializes in working with the 0-3 population and is passionate about helping families of children with feeding challenges find ways to make mealtimes more successful and enjoyable. Stephanie has bachelor of arts and master of science degrees from Northwestern University. She maintains a private practice in Northbrook, IL and is a credentialed evaluator and provider in the IL Early Intervention program. Stephanie speaks about a variety of topics, including typical and atypical feeding development, responsive feeding, and trauma-informed feeding assessment and treatment. She enjoys mentoring, collaborating, and teaching. Stephanie's first children's book, My First Learn-To-Talk Book, will be released in June 2022. Stephanie lives in Northbrook, IL with her husband and three children.
Bre is an occupational therapist who loves feeding and loves children! She received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Arizona, and then worked in the public school systems for two years as a special education aid, while providing respite and habilitation to children with special needs. She went on to complete her Masters in Occupational Therapy at A.T. Still University in Phoenix. Upon returning to her home town of Tucson, she graduated from the Marsha Dunn Klein Feeding Fellowship Program. Bre specializes in pediatric feeding and “Gets Permission”! When not supporting families clinically through Mealtime Connections in Tucson, she can be seen co-presenting about Anxious Eaters, Anxious Mealtimes with Marsha.