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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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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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Pickles and Popsicles –  Fun with Summertime Food

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021

There are a few activities that spark interest at almost any age, especially in these summer months.  That is gardening and making something to freeze!  There is something so curious and intriguing about watching food grow and then watching it transform.  Some of the best learning about food happens in these natural, unforced environments.  It…

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Oral Motor Play Ideas

Posted on: July 5th, 2021

Let’s look at some therapeutic games that you can utilize in your therapy to help progress a child’s oral motor skills. Remember, that when a child gets up to the oral motor steps on the Steps to Eating Hierarchy, you still want these games to be fun, enjoyable, and playful. Sometimes, we tend to get…

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