On Demand


Stretching From Familiar

with Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, M. Ed., FAOTA

Register $59

Course Description

A s-t-r-e-t-c-h is a new food trying technique that helps a child learn to enjoy a new food or food property in tiny steps starting from a familiar food or food property.  You s-t-r-e-t-c-h from “familiar,” something the child knows and likes. We use stretches to build confidence. This webinar will help participants strategize ways to help parents start with a familiar drink or solid and transition to a new food or food group while learning to be confident with a new one, to stretch from wet foods to dry and vice versa, to stretch from only one feeder to another, or from one vitamin or medicine to another and more. The focus is on practical and compassionate strategies that WORK for parents!  

You will learn to:

  • Define Food S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S in the context of infant and child feeding

  • Describe practical S-T-R-E-T-C-H strategies to help children progress from familiar to new liquids, solids, textures and flavors, one feeder to another (and more)

  • Describe practical strategies to S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S from dependent feeding to independent self- feeding

  • Describe ways to help therapy strategies bridge to home

  • Describe practical approaches to support parents with S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

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What Past Students Have To Say:

  • "Excellent examples of all strategies! Marsha clearly communicated the need to make the treatment specific to the child's response."

  • "Information was very practical, easy to implement and easy to share with others!"

  • "Marsha is very knowledgeable and her passion for working with families was evident. I appreciated that she circled back around to tie things together and also helped us know where to start in the process."

CEU Info

Certificates will be generated automatically verifying participation in 1.75 hours of continuing education once you view the full webinar and achieve a 100% passing grade on the quiz. 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 this continuing education activity may apply to your state’s CEU guidelines.


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


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 and will incur a $10 fee. We are unable to give refunds if more than 10% of the course has been viewed. If the Get Permission Institute should need to remove course content for any reason, course fees will be refunded or transferred to another course at the discretion of the participant.