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What Past Students Have To Say:

  • "The passion of presenter, clarity of information, and usefulness in my day-to-day work with families were the best parts of this event. This was an incredible opportunity to expand my knowledge base and the presentation was delivered without a hitch!"

  • "Great topic & awesome tips from the presenter. Very relevant and easy to apply to practice! Loved hearing the knowledge Marsha had to share."

  • "Great presentation!! I love how Marsha is always thinking about the parents too and what is “doable” for them at different stages. So important!

Course Description

Grading the ask is the strategy of offering the child a new food interaction that has a careful ask.  In other words, are we offering the new foods in a sensitive, calibrated way that takes into consideration the child’s skills and experiences as well as the specific sensory properties of the new foods.  We can grade the safety ask, the developmental ask, the sensory ask, the motor ask, emotional ask and independence ask. The webinar will focus on practical strategies to help parents and children succeed in new food trying and diet expansion.

In this 2-hour webinar, you will learn to:

  • Define Grade the Ask in the context of infant and child feeding

  • Understand the following 7 categories of ASKs: safety ask, developmental ask, sensory ask, motor ask, emotional ask, independence ask, & confidence ask

  • Describe the systematic de-sensitization and the continuum approach to choosing next steps in pediatric feeding

  • Identify when an ASK is too big at mealtimes and understand how to re-offer opportunities for food interactions

  • Support families in understanding how to Grade the Ask at mealtimes so children can comfortably have opportunities for new food trying

CEU Info

Certificates will be issued verifying participation in 2.5 hours of continuing education once full attendance has been verified. 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.


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  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.