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As a Feeding Therapist, I find myself having a good deal of food-related conversations with my friends or acquaintances that I meet. After all, feeding kids can be one of the most frustrating tasks that a parent faces, and sometimes a good commiseration sesh is in order! I’ve seen pretty much every imaginable mealtime challenge, so when my friends vent to me about their various feeding grievances, I can usually provide a suggestion in addition to a sympathetic ear.

Most of the time, my advice isn’t necessarily reinventing the wheel. I’ll share tactics that have worked for my girls, or general foundational strategies that can be built upon. In the course of disc...

March 2, 2016

“You will sit right there until your meatloaf is gone, young lady!” (3 hours later, the meatloaf, and the child, are still sitting at the table).

 

“Ok, corn dog for Lucas, PB&J for Emily, and cobb salad for the rest of us!” (By the time Mom or Dad is done with food prep and sits down to eat, the rest of the family members are already finishing up their meals).

 

It seems like when it comes to dinner time, parents fall into two camps: The Iron Fists and The Short Order Cooks (or maybe those are 80’s band names...can’t be sure). There are relevant points supporting each approach, to be sure. However, proponents of either side are eternally loyal to their method and...

July 29, 2015

**This entry is a re-post from feedingtherapyhelp.com. My daughter is now almost three years old, and she continues to enjoy a wide variety of foods :-)

 

This post was inspired by the work that I have done with my own daughter, Adair, who is 16 months old.  Even before Adair was born, I felt that I owed it to myself and the families that I work for to make sure that Adair accepts (and enjoys) a wide variety of foods. 

 

Feeding therapy is not easy, and I expect a lot from the families that I work with.  While I have always been very conscious of finding a balance between challenging a child and keeping mealtimes positive and manageable for the parents, I wo...

June 9, 2015

I have some serious pet peeves about a few feeding “milestones” that all of our little ones pass through (although I’ll tell you right now that I skipped them!*) These are milestones in more of a marketing sense than in actual physical development...products that seem to have become so ubiquitous, every parent just hops right on board because that’s how it’s done, of course! If you use these products, STOP RIGHT THIS MINUTE! Too much?? I’m only kidding...kind of. It’s highly unlikely that by going along with these feeding trends, you’ll do your child any harm. However, given my line of work, I have become somewhat of a master of efficiency at feeding kids (pat...

May 24, 2015

Over the past couple of years, I have seen a good handful of infant clients. Generally, these babies mostly need help getting on an effective feeding schedule, increasing the volume of milk or formula per feeding, or structuring feedings to minimize reflux symptoms. In addition, some of these babies have been just at the cusp where some solids can be introduced. In these cases, I typically recommend some of the standard first purees. I help parents phase them in gradually to be mindful of allergens and potential tummy upset, and all is good. However, about a year ago, I started hearing about Baby Led Weaning (BLW). Honestly, it sounded a little bit unbelievabl...

May 12, 2015

Now, before you throw your kale and brownie mix-covered whisk at me, hear me out! I understand why hiding veggies seems like a good idea, and I have even recommended it to families in rare circumstances and with specific guidelines. Of course, for a child who is severely nutrient deficient, you are going to get whatever you can into their tummies to keep them healthy and growing. But...we all know it’s a band-aid. It fixes the issue without addressing the underlying problem. Here are my main reasons for avoiding hiding veggies, both with my clients and my own kids:

 

Reason number 1: Hiding veggies keeps veggies the enemy. You may know that little Leo eats...

April 30, 2015

 

As I have developed my own approach to feeding therapy as a behavior analyst, and later as I have worked to build Sprouts Feeding Therapy as a business, I have often gotten to thinking about what “behavioral feeding therapy” may mean to the average person, perhaps a parent trying to find an appropriate service provider for their child.

 

The behavioral approach to feeding therapy is not the go-to method that most doctors and other professionals recommend to families (typically it is speech therapy or occupational therapy based treatment). Considering the effectiveness of ABA (applied behavior analysis) principles when applied to feeding problems and the...

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