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Join Us For A Virtual Workshop in June

Published on April 08, 2016

Join Feeding Matters on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 9:30 - 11:00 am (PDT) for What To Do When You Get Stuck: A Virtual Workshop With Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, MEd, FAOTA. Marsha will be presenting different tools and strategies that can help any healthcare professional, parent, or caregiver when struggling. Texture transitions will be the main theme, whether it be the breast or bottle to solids, purees to solids, crumbs to crunchy, and more. After the presentation, there will be time to have your questions answered by Marsha and possibly get ideas from others who have been through similar scenarios. This workshop will encourage dialogue among families and healthcare professionals on what to do when you get stuck.

Cost: $25 for healthcare professionals and $10 for caregivers or $15 for couples. All attendees will receive a certificate of completion. Please click here to register for this virtual workshop by May 27, 2016. For questions, please contact support@feedingmatters.org.

About the Presenter

Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, MEd, FAOTA, founder of Mealtime Notions LLC, is a pediatric occupational therapist, author, and educator who specializes in eating and mealtime issues with infants and children. With over 45 years of experience, she evaluates, treats, and works in partnership with families of children who have cerebral palsy and other neurological issues, prematurity, sensory processing disorders, visual impairments, genetic and metabolic disorders, as well as autism. Many of these families have children who are fed by supplemental tube feeding.

She is a founder of a private practice in Tucson, Arizona, Mealtime Connections, LLC, and works with a team of occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, and a dietitian who evaluate and treat children with pediatric feeding disorder. Her energies are focused on helping children with special motor, sensory, and mealtime challenges. Marsha has a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from Sargent College of Allied Health Professions at Boston University and a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Arizona. She is also Neurodevelopmental Trained (NDT).
 

Help Us Celebrate with the Phoenix Suns

Published on February 24, 2016

Founded in 2006, Feeding Matters has been supporting children suffering from pediatric feeding struggles, their families, and the medical professionals who care for them for a decade. We are proud of the progress we have made towards conquering pediatric feeding struggles, and we will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary with you throughout 2016. To start things off, how about joining us for a night of family fun to celebrate!

Feeding Matters is proud to partner with the Phoenix Suns to raise awareness about pediatric feeding struggles on April 11. The Phoenix Suns will be playing the Sacramento Kings at Talking Stick Resort Arena, and we couldn’t be more excited for you to celebrate with us! The ticket rate for lower level seating is $45; upper-level tickets are $15. A portion of every ticket sold will support Feeding Matters and the families we serve, and we are so grateful to the Suns for their partnership and support.

Feeding Matters’ connection with the Suns started in 2013 when the organization received critical funding through Suns Charities. This past year, Suns Charities funding allowed Feeding Matters to conduct outreach to approximately 200 medical professionals. We are excited to continue working with the Suns by cheering them on this April!

Please contact our office to purchase tickets before March 11. We cannot wait to see you there on April 11!

Spotlight on Birdies for Charity

Published on February 24, 2016

Last month, the Phoenix Thunderbirds hosted the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament. Through the Birdies for Charity program, run in conjunction with the tournament, your pledges totaled over $60,000! This funding supports Feeding Matters in continuing to expand the scope of programs and services we offer to children, families, and healthcare professionals. As part of the competition, every pledge made to Feeding Matters received a 10% match- equaling an extra $6,000. This match means over $66,000+ of your donations will go directly towards helping little ones grow and thrive. Feeding Matters would like to thank you and the Thunderbirds Charities for making this years’ Birdies for Charity campaign a success!

In addition to Birdies for Charity, Thunderbirds Charities have supported Feeding Matters since 2011, providing critical support for community outreach, our Virtual Health Resource Platform, and the signature Power of Two mentoring program. Without supporters like the Thunderbirds, Feeding Matters would not be the thriving organization it is today! 

New York Times Magazine Spotlights Feeding Struggles

Published on February 05, 2016

Recently, The New York Times Magazine featured a digital piece entitled, When Your Baby Won’t Eat. We applaud the author’s efforts towards shedding light on the day-to-day reality of children who are tube-fed. The group of 100,000 children cited in the article is definitely one subset of the full spectrum of pediatric feeding struggles.

Feeding Matters exists to serve the full spectrum of infants and children with feeding struggles - over 1,000,000 nationwide. These children are facing many of the same systemic barriers due to a lack of early identification and treatment options. Since 2006, Feeding Matters is the only organization of its kind facilitating solutions through its consortium of medical experts, so parents don’t have to make the devastating choices outlined in this article.

In just over a month we will be reconvening in Phoenix, Arizona, this time, to develop a consensus paper that outlines the definition and scope of the full spectrum of feeding struggles. This published paper will lay the foundation for feeding struggles to have a medical classification of its own, inspire a field of healthcare experts, and begin determining best practices for treatment. Pediatric feeding struggles is a serious, debilitating condition that deserves national attention. To learn more about our initiatives, please call us or email us at 623.242.5234 or support@feedingmatters.org.

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