Anxious Eaters/Anxious Mealtimes

July 18, 2014 9:00am - 12:15pm

Advance payment is required.

This event is open to OT/ST.

This course is approved for 3 CEUs from TSHA and TOTA.


Marsha Dunn Klein , OTR/L, MEd., FAOTA

Course Location:

St. Edward’s University Professional Education Center

9420 Research Blvd., Echelon III, 1st floor

Austin, TX 78759


Course Description:

Many children become extremely picky eaters, above and beyond the picky eating of the toddler stage of mealtimes.  These children may have issues related to autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorder, or obsessive compulsive disorder. Parents are worried about providing adequate nutrition for their children who may only eat three or four foods that need to be a specific color, brand or presentation.  Children may be worried about coming to the meal and stressed at the prospect of new foods or mealtime change. This presentation will describe strategies to support children and families who find themselves in this situation.

About Our Speaker:

Marsha Dunn Klein , OTR/L, MEd., FAOTA

Marsha Dunn Klein is a pediatric occupational therapist and partner at Mealtime Connections in Tucson, Arizona.  She has her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Boston University in 1971 and Masters of Education from the University of Arizona in 1975. She is Neurodevelopmental Trained (NDT).  She is cofounder of Nourish, a non profit supporting families whose children have feeding challenges. Marsha has specialized in feeding with infants and children throughout her career.  She has coauthored four books in this area and presents nationally and internationally.  She was recently awarded Fellow in the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define anxious eaters
  2. List influences on anxious eaters
  3. List specific strategies for supporting anxious eaters and their families.

9:00 am – 12:15 pm

This course is $15. Advance payment is required.

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