Jenny McGlothlin SLP is my coauthor. She developed and runs the STEPS feeding program at the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Jenny is not only an award winning therapist, but a teacher and champion for children with extra needs. I was able to shadow Jenny at work recently, and every interaction I saw confirmed that she is a qualified, compassionate, and skilled clinician. She educates and examines, hugs and supports. I could not have asked for a better person to work with these past several months.
Working with children with extreme picky eating, I saw worried, often exhausted, confused parents trying to do as directed, and getting nowhere. Not only were their children not getting better in terms of their anxieties and accepted number of foods, but the strain on the parent-child relationship was often severely tested by the battles at the table. First and foremost, Jenny and I wanted to create a resource for parents that would hold at it’s core the precious relationship between parent and child and the need for parents to nurture, nourish and bond, not to bribe or distract. We include discussions of typical development, why children struggle, and how parents and children find themselves in unpleasant and counterproductive feeding struggles. We then give a step-by-step process to turn around the anxiety, restore peace to the table, figure out what to serve, when and how, and how to gauge progress and determine if and what kind of therapy may be warranted.
Please check out www.extremepickyeating.com for more information (where I will be blogging for the time being) and as always on Facebook where I will share general feeding links, articles and random findings that pique my interest, or my ire.
Here are a few reviews of the new book!
Katja Rowell and Jenny McGlothlin have crafted a book that provides very specific suggestions to help parents both understand and address their picky child’s eating. It belongs in the library of every parent and therapist who wants to support a child’s (and a family’s) positive relationship with food and mealtimes.
Suzanne Evans Morris, PhD, SLP New Visions
Rowell and McGlothlin expertly illuminate the complex emotional world of children with extreme picky eating and the caregivers who struggle to feed them. Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating is a masterpiece of practical strategies, compassion, and reassurance perfect for parents, pediatricians, and anyone who remembers hating ‘just one more bite.’
Jessica Setnick MS, RD, CEDRD pediatric eating disorder specialist, cofounder of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, and author of The Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide