Raise your hand if you, or someone you know, has a picky eater living under their roof! I think each of us could think of at least one person! Picky eating can range from simply not liking a certain type of food (for example, seafood or spicy food), to more serious food aversions that may cause restrictive diets and eating patterns, thus leading to poor overall nutrition.
We often see some level of picky eating behaviors in kids, but at a certain point, I can imagine parents begin to wonder: how picky is TOO picky? That’s where a speech therapist can help!
When assessing “picky eaters”, I want to know what caused the picky eating and I find out if there are any factors that could be contributing to the continuation of picky eating habits. I make sure there are no difficulties with the mechanics of eating (chewing, swallowing, etc). I investigate what foods kids enjoy, and what foods they avoid. I also ask parents how meals are prepared and introduced at home, so we can best help parents and their picky eaters.
Speech therapists can help treat picky eaters by slowly exposing them to new foods through a systematic desensitization process. I involve my families every step of the way, and can teach parents how to continue this process at home!
At Apogee Therapy Center, I am lucky to be able to partner with our nutritionist to help parents understand the food they are providing their children. Through collaboration with her, we can teach parents the best, most nutritious food to present during feeding therapy, and at home.
Are you tired of dinner time battles? Are you concerned that your picky eater isn’t getting the nutrition they need to grow up healthy? Call us at Apogee and we can help!