Anxious Eaters, Anxious Mealtimes
Practical and Compassionate Strategies for Mealtime Peace
About the Book
How can grasshoppers help parents and feeding professionals teach anxious eaters about new foods?
Marsha Dunn Klein, an internationally-known feeding therapist, provides the answer in this book—highlighting that most anxious eaters do not enjoy the sensations and varibility of new foods. In seeking to help them, she asks what you’d need to do to help yourself try a worrisome new food, such as a grasshopper.
Drawing on her own experience trying grasshoppers while learning Spanish in Mexico, she personalizes the struggle of children to find new food enjoyment, providing a goldmine of practical, proven, and compassionate strategies for parents and professionals who work with anxious eaters. Learn how to:
• find peace and enjoyment during mealtimes;
• find ways to help anxious eaters fearlessly try new foods;
• navigate the sensory variations in food smells, tastes, textures looks, sounds: and
• help anxious eaters (and their parents) develop a more positive relationship with food.
Because parents are absolutely central to mealtime success, the author incorporates parent insights throughout the book. Using encouragement, novelty, and fun, she invites everyone back to the table with a sensitive and pressure-free approach.
About the Author
Marsha Dunn Klein OTR/L, MED, FAOTA is a pediatric occupational therapist with close to five decades of experience lovingly feeding children. She received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Boston University, Sargent College in 1971 and then a Masters of Education degree in Special Education from the University of Arizona in 1975. She has been a clinician, author, and educator throughout her career. She has co-authored a number of books on feeding including Pre-Feeding Skills, First and Second Editions, Mealtime Participation Guide and Homemade Blended Formula with Suzanne Evans Morris and Feeding and Nutrition for the Child with Special Needs with Tracy Delaney. She is trained in neurodevelopmental therapy. She has been awarded Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Marsha has a passion for feeding children and sharing knowledge. She presents locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and loves sharing her responsive and loving approach to pediatric feeding challenges in her Get Permission Approach to Pediatric Feeding Challenges course series. Marsha and her family love to travel and explore foods globally. She considers herself a food celebrator.