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Cut Kids Some Slack: Musings on Food Fears and “Helpful” Others

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Blog Posts | 5 comments

Scared of dogs When M was little she had a dog phobia. I’m talking screaming, climbing on me, uncontrollable fear of even a toy poodle.  I can’t count how many people tried to talk her out of her fear, usually with a dog thrust into her personal space, and often against my explicit requests for them to stop. Take the German Shepherd owner whose dog was off-leash, jumping on me while M clawed at my hair shrieking, and the owner kept smiling, “Oh, she won’t hurt you!...

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Questionable things ‘experts’ say #7: “The way you eat is unacceptable.”

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

  I cringed when a client told me that their new pediatrician admonished her five-year-old son (with severe food anxieties and selective eating who would likely qualify for a feeding disorder diagnosis) with this: “The way you eat is unacceptable.” I cringe often, when I hear some of the things that my colleagues in medicine say to young children, even if they think it is for their own good. (My guess is that this doc has no experience or education around feeding problems, all...

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When Feeding Therapy Becomes Aversion Therapy

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

I was happy that the Huffington Post put out my essay on what I believe are harmful feeding therapies. Let me know what you think, and feel free to share, comment etc. This is a discussion that needs to happen! Huffington Post, When Feeding Therapy Becomes Aversion Therapy

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quick tip video: helping kids with family-style

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Blog Posts |

Check out this quick tip video on how to help a young child with family-style serving....

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Questions to ask your therapist before starting feeding therapies

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

I am hearing from more and more parents who are not happy with feeding therapy. Or who have “failed” feeding therapies… I wrote chapter 3 and 4 in my book, Love Me, Feed Me, particularly for families with picky or problem eaters, and for parents who feel like feeding therapy isn’t helping. (It is also important to note that there is so much you can do to support healthy feeding whether you pursue therapy or not. Many parents feel the only option is therapy, or give in...

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