Course Description

Food IS sensory! There is a look, smell, touch and texture, smell, taste, and even sound.  These are the factors that helps us love and enjoy our meals but can be a sensory roadblock for children who are worried eaters.  We will explore each food sensory channel and discover how we can grade our food offers carefully to increase an anxious eater’s ability to explore and find enjoyment in that food. We will review research that supports an increased understanding of food sensations and look at ways to support parents in their food presentations.

You will learn to:

  • Define the five distinct sensory properties of foods

  • Describe the distant and near characteristics of each sensation

  • Describe the use of rehearsals to dilute the worry in feeding therapy.

  • List at least ten strategies that can be used in feeding therapy to support a systematic desensitized approach to sensation comfort.


This intermediate level course is appropriate for occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, 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  with any needs regarding accommodations. 

CEU Info

Certificates will be issued verifying participation in two (2) hours of continuing education once the full video has been completed and a passing grade is achieved on the quiz. Your certificate will be automatically generated at that point. 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 [] for more information. This course is eligible for AOTA credits. Please check your state’s guidelines for specific information about this continuing education activity may apply to your state’s CEU guidelines.

Speaker bio:

Founder and Senior Instructor

Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, MED, FAOTA

Marsha is a pediatric occupational therapist who has specialized in pediatric feeding for more than 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. Marsha presents nationally and internationally. She is a food celebrator and is passionate about supporting children and their families.


Cancellations must be in writing . We will be unable to issue a refund if more than 10% of the webinar has been viewed.