This program is designed for children 18 months to 18 years old who exhibit atypical picky eating patterns.
What is Atypical Picky Eating?
Picky eating has often been considered a typical developmental phase that children experience when learning to eat. However, current research has moved towards classifying children with atypical picky eating patterns into a category of Pediatric Feeding Disorders (PFDs). When your child’s picky eating behavior is associated with medical, nutritional, oral skills, and/or psychosocial implications, it is considered an atypical feeding behavior that requires intervention.
Common Concerns Expressed by Parents
- Avoiding entire groups of food textures (example: purees, crunchy solids, meats or chewy solids)
- Food jagging, or eating only one food item or a small group of food items every day or for every meal
- Difficulty reading hunger cues, leading to long periods of time during the day without eating
- Having extremely limited food repertoire, resulting in nutritional and/or growth concerns
- Ritualistic mealtime behaviors
- Stressful mealtimes that last for long periods of time
- Inability to participate in family meals in varied environments (restaurants, school, community outings)
Feeding Approaches Used by Our Therapists
- Beckman Oral Motor Approach
- Sensory Oral Sequential (SOS) Approach
- Food Chaining
- Teach Oral Skills
How we Help
- Reducing your child’s anxiety when trying novel foods
- Implementing food exploration protocols to teach your child how to interact with novel foods
- Collaborating with a medical team to determine underlying causes of picky eating
- Expanding food repertoire
- Addressing oral skills development
- Building family mealtime routines to reduce stressful mealtimes