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Professionals Level 2 – Progressing the Picky Eater

Reflux and Food Allergy Position Paper

Posted on: March 18th, 2023

Have you seen the new EAACI Position Paper on GER/GERD and Food Allergies that was recently published? You can download the paper here  Here are a few quick things we took from this paper: Gastro-esophogeal reflux and food allergies are common conditions, especially in the first 12 months of life, and it is important to…

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Building Oral Motor Skills in a 10 year old with Down Syndrome

Posted on: March 18th, 2023

My client is a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome, and while we have made some nice progress in the last year, we are a little stuck in progressing her oral motor skills.  Relevant medical history Heart surgery as a child Always had severe difficulties feeding herself; She has only ever eaten purees Never mouthed toys/objects…

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Surviving Halloween with a Picky Eater

Posted on: September 29th, 2022

What makes the Holidays so difficult for the Picky Eater (or Problem Feeder)? Holidays are about eating specific, traditional foods (some of which our children may not see at any other times of the year) Holidays are about sweets (which suppress appetite faster than any other food) Holidays are about lots of people (who our children may…

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Plan to Support an Older Child in Weaning from the Bottle

Posted on: July 27th, 2022

In this case study, we will review a phone call consultation with a child’s mother and their therapist. Background History This four-year-old is formula dependent and only drinks it from his bottle while sitting at the table. The child eats well for approximately one meal per day. He eats solids twice a day and takes…

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Higher Calorie Store Bought Purees

Posted on: April 10th, 2022

If you have a child that is able to eat purees but is having some difficulties with weight gain, we’ve created a list of some of the highest calorie purees out there. Did you know that some of the store-bought baby foods only have 45 calories in 4 ounces whereas others have over 100? That…

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Supporting Your Child’s Posture at a Restaurant

Posted on: April 1st, 2022

You have probably heard from your therapist (or read from us!) about adjusting your child’s chair to provide postural support. Getting kids in a good posturally stable position at mealtimes is so helpful. Why? It’s beneficial for a few different reasons. It helps children stay at the table longer, supports their breathing (the body’s first…

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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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