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Professionals Level 3 – Assisting Problem Feeders

Helping your Clients Make the Most of Short Lunch Times

Posted on: March 31st, 2022

Have you helped your families problem solve lunches at school? Do you know how long your client’s lunch period is? You may be surprised. Lately, the trend has been to cut down on children’s lunchtimes to provide more time for instructional learning. The problem is that a child’s lunch period frequently may only be 15-20…

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How to Use the Recipe Section to Think About Food Differently

Posted on: March 17th, 2022

We understand the stress that comes along with figuring out what to feed your child, especially when you have a picky eater. We have families tell us all of the time that their child’s doctor keeps saying they need to eat more fruits and vegetables. Well, you already know that! That is obvious, but you…

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Peanut Butter Dough

Posted on: February 27th, 2022

For many picky eaters, getting enough protein in their diet can be challenging. Meat requires higher-level oral motor skills, resulting in many kids becoming reliant on dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese) for the majority of their protein. Nuts and seeds offer an excellent addition to the diet, however, come with their own sensory challenges.  We…

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Planning for Back to Back Feeding Clients

Posted on: December 10th, 2021

Many workplace settings have schedules that are back-to-back. You may be on an hour-by-hour schedule and have children scheduled in each one of those hour blocks. We have listed out some ways that you can help problem solve your scheduling. That way, you can more successfully feel like you can see feeding intervention clients and…

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Protein Packed Cookie Dough Dip

Posted on: December 9th, 2021

Who loves cookie dough? This is a popular recipe with some of our older Food Scientists when we are experimenting to find a way to make beans work better for them. Beans are a great source of protein, a food group many picky eaters struggle with. While we wouldn’t trick kids into thinking that this…

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Utilizing Appetizers to Introduce New Foods

Posted on: December 9th, 2021

Holidays can be rough on children with feeding difficulties, and every year around this time, we are thinking through ways to make the holiday food and gathering easier for your children. We have written articles (insert here) to help with the holidays but wanted to address some ways you can start getting your children ready…

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Weaning a Child with ASD off of a Distractor

Posted on: November 18th, 2021

Dear Dr. Toomey, I had a question about some general strategies to support learning to eat without screens during meal times. I just evaluated a 4-year-old child with Autism who eats his preferred foods with a screen and this is the only way he remains at the table. He has scheduled meal times which he…

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18 Month Old – Stuck on a Liquid Diet

Posted on: November 18th, 2021

18-MONTH-OLD CHILD TAKEN OFF G-TUBE BUT ONLY DRINKING SMOOTHIES QUESTIONING IF SHOULD REFER TO IN-PATIENT INITIAL EMAIL Dear Dr. Toomey, I have an 18-month-old child that I am working with through early intervention. He was on a feeding tube and was taken off about 8 months, ago. He is now drinking smoothies through a honey…

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The Importance of Family Style Serving

Posted on: August 19th, 2021

When I am teaching families about Family Meals, the idea of doing Family Style Serving often feels difficult. We know that mealtimes are one of the more stressful times of the day for families, let alone families who have one or more picky eaters! The thought of adding another element to the routine (and DISHES)…

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