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Sensory 101: What Motivates Babies to Eat? with Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, MEd

  • External vs internal motivators that babies experience during the learning how to eat experience
  • The difference between demands and offers at mealtimes and how the former is more desirable for motivating babies to eat
  • How babies learn to experience hunger and what we can do to avoid inducing negative sensory experiences at mealtimes
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If “learning to eat is a sensory experience,” ...what does that really mean? In today’s episode renowned pediatric feeding expert Marsha Dunn Klein is teaching us all about Sensory 101 and what motivates babies to eat.

Marsha Dunn Klein wrote the first book on pediatric feeding. She is known for her “Get Permission Approach” which teaches us how to offer and not demand performance at mealtimes with our babies. In this episode she’s sharing the sensory aspects that babies experience during baby-led weaning and how they are tied to intrinsic motivations to self-feed.

Marsha Dunn Klein will be presenting at the upcoming BABY-LED WEANING SUMMIT taking place online (FOR FREE!!) October 18-23, 2021. 

The BABY-LED WEANING SUMMIT is the BIGGEST BLW event ever and I’m hosting it to help ELEVATE and CELEBRATE BLW along with 16 other leading, feeding experts who are going to be teaching on the latest research and best BLW practices.

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In this episode we talk about:

  • External vs internal motivators that babies experience during the learning how to eat experience

  • The difference between demands and offers at mealtimes and how the former is more desirable for motivating babies to eat

  • How babies learn to experience hunger and what we can do to avoid inducing negative sensory experiences at mealtimes

ABOUT THE GUEST

Marsha Dunn Klein OTR/L,MEd, FAOTA is a pediatric occupational therapist who has spent a career specializing in pediatric feeding challenges. She received her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Sargent College of Boston University in 1971. She also received a master’s degree in education with emphasis on special education in 1975 from the University of Arizona. Marsha has co-authored PreFeeding Skills editions one and two and Mealtime Participation Guide and Homemade Blended Formula Handbook with Suzanne Evans Morris and Feeding and Nutrition for the Child with Special Needs with Tracy Delaney. Marsha’s new book Anxious Eaters, Anxious Mealtimes: Practical and Compassionate Strategies for Mealtime Peace serves as a great resource for parents and caregivers. She lives in Tucson, Arizona and travels to present locally, nationally and internationally on pediatric feeding issues.

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