Is your child a picky eater? Will he/she eat something for a certain amount of time, and then just stop? Reading the mentioned article will provide insight about a core aspect of treating any form of picky eating/food aversions; which is language. Here at Suffolk Center for Speech we treat a lot of different disorders, one of which is feeding. Often, I see how parents may use negative language, try forcing their child to eat food, or even just bring the wrong kind of attention into feeding. Though there is far more that goes into feeding therapy, language is such a huge part. I am sharing this article because I have never really seen any mention of picky eating on mainstream media, and think that the article offers some good pointers.
One of my favorite quotes from the article is this, “The parent decides when to eat, what to serve, and where to serve it, and the child decides whether and how much to eat. There is always something on the table you know the kid will eat, like rice or fruit or bread, so all new, experimental foods are paired with familiar foods.”
Though it should be noted picky eating and severe feeding disorders are two very different situations, this article sheds light on the struggles of picky eating.
See the article Here
Considering it’s the holiday season, it is a time to spread love, joy, and kindness; regardless of what you celebrate. Yesterday I saw three things that really impacted me.
- A quote that stated “Be kind: everyone you meet is fighting a battle you do not understand.”
- A teenage boy with a disability in target having a meltdown.
- This article: Here
All three of these things gave me a new perspective. I have seen countless times, a mother who’s child is crying and people staring…judging even (as if they were silent and well behaved as a 2 year old.) I have seen tears in parents’ eyes who cannot “control” their child in public; fearing what others may think. I witnessed it just yesterday. A very large teenage boy (who appeared to be “normal), running around and flailing his arms screaming “MOMMY!!!!” in Target, while everyone stared in disbelief. Then, I saw how embarrassed the mother was. As I looked around, I didn’t see compassion in the onlookers’ eyes. It was a truly heartbreaking situation.
Basically – what I learned from this, and what I hope others who read this learn, is to have compassion, and be kind to each person you meet. You do not know what is going on in their personal lives, nor do you have the right to judge them for it.
- Stefanie Fedun M.S. CF-SLP
In this particular career choice, it’s obvious that we may be more aware of the words that people are using around us. With that said, I have been hearing the “R” word being thrown around with little thought of its implication. The word I am referring to is, retarded.
The word when used in casual speech, often has negative connotations such as: dumb, unintelligent, stupid, etc. When you use that word, it lessens the accomplishments, the achievements, and the milestones that individuals who have disabilities have reached, as well as the people who have helped them reach their goals.
To those individuals who still use that word, you need to stop. Be more mindful of the words you choose to use, and the implications they may have.
Below is a video that is very influential, and gives us a different perspective:
Click this link to view a very interesting perspective on why you shouldn’t use the “r” word
Thanks for reading!
Stefanie Fedun M.S. CF-SLP, TSSLD