about

Stephanie Cohen, M.A., CCC-SLP, CLC

Stephanie Cohen is a speech-language pathologist and lactation counselor in private practice who has worked with children with complex medical needs and their families for more than 17 years. Stephanie has advanced training in feeding and swallowing disorders; she specializes in working with the 0-3 population and is passionate about helping families of children with feeding and swallowing disorders find ways to make mealtimes more successful and enjoyable. Stephanie has a bachelor of arts and a master of science degree from Northwestern University. She is a credentialed evaluator and provider in IL Early Intervention. Stephanie speaks about a variety of topics, including typical and atypical feeding development, responsive feeding, and trauma-informed feeding assessment and treatment. She enjoys mentoring, collaborating, and teaching.  Stephanie lives in Northbrook with her husband and three children.

KAREN DILFER, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT

Karen is an occupational therapist, feeding specialist, and food enthusiast.  She has a strong pediatric background and loves to help children with motor, sensory, and mealtime challenges. Karen received her masters of science degree from Washington University in St. Louis and is Neurodevelopmental  Treatment (NDT) trained. She also completed post-graduate education in Sensory Integration. Karen has worked with Marsha Dunn Klein, MEd, OTR/L, a leading expert in the field of pediatric feeding and creator of the “Get Permission” Approach to Mealtimes.  She works in private practice and Early Intervention in the Chicagoland area.

MARCIA KILPATRICK, MPS, OTR/L

Marcia Kilpatrick has been a licensed, board certified occupational therapist for over 25 years. She holds occupational therapy licenses in both Illinois and Michigan. She is currently an occupational therapy supervisor and assistive technology manager employed by ICG Rehab Services. Marcia is a credentialed in Early Intervention evaluator in the state of Illinois. Marcia has degrees from Grand Rapids Community College, Eastern Michigan University, and DePaul University.  

NANCY LANNAN, RDN, LDN

Nancy has been a registered dietitian/licensed nutritionist for over 30 years.  She has had both adult and pediatric experience before entering Early Intervention 14 years ago.  Nancy worked for Abbott Laboratories for 4 years and then went into private practice, where she worked in long term facilities, private doctor’s offices, pediatric long term care facilities and managed a program with Rush Hospital for pediatric weight loss.

While in Early Intervention, Nancy has acquired much knowledge and experience with children that have feeding difficulties related to prematurity, sensory issues, feeding tube dependence and developmental delays with feeding.  She has acquired training in the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach, the Food Chaining approach and Get Permission approach to feeding.  Nancy has currently been accepted as an Ellyn Satter Institute Associate which is an evidence based approach and research supported for Feeding Dynamics and Eating Competency.