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Positive Tilt: Get Permission from Your Baby with Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, M.Ed., FAOTA

  • Her “positive tilt” construct and how this indicates permission given by babies who agree to eat what is being offered to them at the table.
  • The importance of understanding the way a baby communicates to avoid confusing their responses as behavior problems. 
  • Tips for parents on how to avoid frustrating mealtimes and help their babies grow up to be enthusiastic eaters
Katie Ferraro

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Having our babies reject food at mealtimes almost always turns into a stressful situation. The question is, should you offer your baby food and patiently wait for acceptance or demand that they eat it? To answer this question, I am joined by Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, M.Ed., FAOTA, a pediatric occupational therapist who has spent over fifty years specializing in children with feeding challenges. 

In this episode, Marsha discusses with us her “positive tilt” construct which is a sign of sensory permission or a way babies communicate to their parents when they are finally ready to lean towards food, open their mouths to eat and create a connection or a “yes moment” within their feeding environment.

SUMMARY OF EPISODE

In this episode I’m interviewing Marsha Dunn Klein OTR/L, MEd, FAOTA who discusses:

  • Her “positive tilt” construct and how this indicates permission given by babies who agree to eat what is being offered to them at the table.

  • The importance of understanding the way a baby communicates to avoid confusing their responses as behavior problems. 

  • Tips for parents on how to avoid frustrating mealtimes and help their babies grow up to be enthusiastic eaters

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

  • Her book Anxious Eaters, Anxious Mealtimes: Practical and Compassionate Strategies for Mealtime Peace serves as a great resource for parents and caregivers.

LINKS FROM EPISODE

Listen to past interviews with Marsha Dunn Klein OTR/L, MEd, FAOTA:

Check-out Marsha Dunn Klein’s courses: 

Check-out her books:

Visit the Get Permission Institute

Learn more about Get Permission Approach

Read Tube Feeding with Love

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