Helping Picking Eaters and Problem Feeders and Their Families
Feeding Therapy- Does my Child Need It?
Many children can experience times in their lives where they can be picky or refuse to eat.
Feeding therapy benefits children and their families who have difficulty eating because of developmental, medical, or sensory processing challenges.
Our Speech Therapists and Occupational Therapists use well-rounded and evidence-based approaches to address your child's feeding challenges.
While most of us find pleasure in eating food and with socializing around food, some kids and parents find it stressful and confusing. Our therapists take developmentally-based, thoughtful, child and family centered approaches to eating.
Is my Child a Picky Eater or a Problem Feeder?
Read through this list and see how many ‘red flags’ apply to your child. The more often you answer "yes," the more likely it is your child could benefit from feeding therapy.
Does this apply to your child?:
ongoing poor weight gain or weight loss?
commonly choke, gag, or cough during meals?
have ongoing problems with vomiting?
avoids foods in a specific texture (wet, mushy, crunchy, etc.) or food group (meat, vegetables, breads/pasta, fruits, etc.)?
have less than 20 foods that they are able to consistently eat?
Your child has dropped foods that they have previously eaten, with no new foods gained.
Has your child had:
more than one incident of nasal reflux (vomiting or spitting up out their nose)?
a traumatic choking incident and then subsequently stopped eating certain foods?
a history of eating and breathing coordination problems, with ongoing respiratory issues?
Was your child unable to:
transition to baby food purees by 10 months of age?
accept any table food solids by 12 months of age?
transition from the breast/bottle to a cup by 16 months of age?
wean off of baby foods by 16 months of age?
Have you (as a parent or caregiver):
reported the child as being “picky” at 2 or more well child checks?
reported that your infant cries and/or arches at most meals?
felt like mealtimes are a battle, and that you are always fighting about food with your child?
reported that your child is difficult for everyone to feed?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, feeding therapy can help!
-The earlier you begin working with a feeding therapist, the faster you will see changes.
-It can be much easier to influence a toddler's relationship with food than an older child; however, feeding therapy can benefit children of all ages.
-Adults and parents may even learn to like a few new foods, too!
Feeding Therapists at Roots use a developmentally-based, positive approach to food exploration and eating.
For more information about "Picky Eaters" and "Problem Feeders"
Signs and Treatment for Feeding
and Swallowing Problems
Click Here for more information regarding signs and treatment for feeding and swallowing from the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA).