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“time-outs,” not just for kids!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

In writing a client summary for the mother of a six year-old selective eater today, I wrote this. (Note this post is about dealing with behavior, not what or how much the child is eating and is a brief bit in a 2-3 page email…) “Here is what you can say when your son pitches a fit at the table: “I’m sorry you’re sad that we’re not having noodles, there are other options and this is what is for dinner. You are spoiling dinner. Please go to your room (timeout,...

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Feeding tip for sensory or selective eaters: Where to place food so not to trigger immediate refusal

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Blog Posts | 5 comments

When I went to the home of a nine-month old who was “refusing to drink,” I saw a lovely girl: smiling, bright, and interactive. While sitting in her high chair, the mom repeatedly tried to hand the girl the sippy-cup—putting it in front of her, trying to put it in her hand. The little girl batted it away, pushed, and cried, getting increasingly upset with every attempt. We sat back, and I suggested mom put the cup just within reach at the far side of the high chair tray and then...

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12 month-old not interested in table foods or feeding himself. Freak out? Not just yet…

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

After a workshop for a small corporate daycare center, I got an email from a staff member worried about a little boy in her care: …I am concerned about one of the infants at our center. He is almost a year old and has no interest in feeding himself and will only chew and swallow either stage 3 food or food from the food grinder. He also is not oral at all—never puts a toy or anything else in his mouth. He has been a little slow to meet other milestones compared with the other...

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Picky eaters: born or made? Both!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Blog Posts | 12 comments

This seems to be a hot topic  these days. Are picky eaters born or made? I say both. The author of a post writes, “Cue the chorus of angels singing. It’s not my fault.” Well, it’s not your fault. But… Based on my reading and work with families struggling with picky eaters, even “feeding clinic failures,” I also see many parents unwittingly doing a lot that slows the process of learning to like new foods down. I refer to these as “counterproductive...

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Playing with food: It’s more than just a mess.

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

This creation was made from left-over pan fried mashed potatoes and a soy bean (edamame). My daughter M hasn’t “played” with her food in ages, so I didn’t make a big deal out of it. We were all lingering and chatting over dinner.  At 6, she seemed a little old for this kind of playing with food…  (I know how lucky we are that we can throw away food that isn’t eaten. See posts on food waste…) I snapped a pic because it got me thinking about playing...

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