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Learning Through Opportunity: Feeding in Infancy and Toddlerhood

with Stephanie Cohen, M.A., CCC-SLP, CLC
and Karen Dilfer, OTR/L


11.5 hours  

Register $399

Estimated Availability May 2024

Group rates available for 4 or more!
Email hello@getpermissioninstitute
for more information!

Course Description

Positive feeding experiences are central to the development of a strong, trusting relationships between parent and child. Many children who experience feeding difficulties struggle to develop the skills necessary to enjoy eating with their families and eat enough to thrive. This course provides a foundational understanding of feeding development in infancy and toddler with a strong emphasis on responsive feeding and discussion of how feeding skills develop within the context of relationships. Content will include:

  • Feeding skill development in the newborn and older infant (0-12 months), including sucking, swallowing, and breathing patterns, transitions to solids, diet expansion, cup and straw drinking, and self-feeding. 
  • Feeding skill development in the toddler stage (1-3 years), including emerging autonomy, diet expansion, cup and straw drinking, and self-feeding. 
  • Exploring how a variety of conditions/diagnoses and experiences might disrupt feeding skill development in infancy and toddlerhood
  • Building provider capacity to support strong and trusting relationships with family members and team members
  • Developing clinical reasoning skills and strategies for working with infants and toddlers and their families
  • Understand how to develop individualized family and child support plans with an emphasis on use of parent coaching techniques in the context of a child’s natural environment and daily mealtime routines. 

You will learn to:

  • Build increased capacity to support strong and trusting relationships with family members and team members

  • Develop clinical reasoning skills and understand how to implement several GP strategies with infants, toddlers, and their families

  • Understand how to develop individualized family and child support plans

  • Be able to better use parent coaching techniques and joint planning in the context of a child’s natural environment and daily mealtime routines

What Stephanie & Karen's Past Learners Have Said:

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Feeding in Toddlerhood Presentation

Kara Opel

This presentation was incredibly helpful to assessing and providing feeding therapy to toddlers and their families. I am so excited to learn about the "Get P...

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This presentation was incredibly helpful to assessing and providing feeding therapy to toddlers and their families. I am so excited to learn about the "Get Permission" strategies and am looking forward to trying them with my patients as I learn more about providing quality feeding therapy.

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Relationship based feeding therapy!

Jill Painter

I’m a DIRFloortime certified therapist and I was really struggling with finding feeding courses that aligned with my framework and values in therapy. My inst...

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I’m a DIRFloortime certified therapist and I was really struggling with finding feeding courses that aligned with my framework and values in therapy. My instructor told me about Get Permission Institute and I was so excited after browsing the website. Three courses later, I’m still saying over and over, “Yes! This is how we need to support families!” Karen and Stephanie share such a joy around therapy. I immediately told all therapy friends that they needed to take this course. Thank you for re-inspiration, and changing my mindset from dreading feeding therapy to being excited to see a new family on my caseload.

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Informative course

Rebekah Vidro

Thank you for all the great tools and ideas to support feeding development and intervention to improve feeding experiences!

Thank you for all the great tools and ideas to support feeding development and intervention to improve feeding experiences!

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Helpful

Brittney Mack

Thanks for the helpful information. It was well prepared and taught.

Thanks for the helpful information. It was well prepared and taught.

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CEU Info

Certificates will be issued verifying participation in 11.5 hours of continuing education once full attendance has been verified. Please allow 1 week 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 guidelines. 

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 tubes. Please contact us at [email protected]  with any needs regarding accommodations.


What is Get Permission?

Get Permission is a relationship-based approach used to support families who have children with feeding challenges. The approach is rooted in the principles of responsive feeding and actively promotes a child’s autonomy while fostering connection, trust, and consistent communication between the child and caregiver. In this approach, adults support children to "give permission" by demonstrating physical and emotional readiness for eating. Get Permission strategies are based on typical development and help children discover their internal drive to eat through appetite, enjoyment, and relationships.  


Children who participate in feeding therapy using the Get Permission Approach develop the skill, confidence, and internal motivation they need to thrive. Families who adopt the principles of the Get Permission approach learn to respect a child’s individual differences while helping them to participate in mealtimes, feel celebrated, and develop a positive relationship with food. As a result, children learn to try new foods independently and enjoy eating without pressure. Therapists who use Get Permission benefit from understanding how they might support parents and children in a pressure-free way that is rich with practical strategies for treatment.

Speaker bio:

Founders and Senior Instructors Stephanie Cohen, M.A., CCC-SLP, CLC and Karen Dilfer, OTR/L

Stephanie Cohen, M.A., CCC-SLP
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 disorders; she specializes in working with the 0-3 population and is passionate about helping families of children with feeding and swallowing disorders find ways to make mealtimes more successful and enjoyable. Stephanie has a bachelor of arts and a master of science degree from Northwestern University. She is a credentialed evaluator and provider in IL Early Intervention. 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 lives in Northbrook with her husband and three children.

Karen Dilfer, 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.

Estimated Availability May 2024

Group rates available-contact us: [email protected]

Cancellations

Cancellations must be in writing and will incur a $50 fee. We are unable to give refunds after 1/15/2024. 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.