Is Your Child a Picky Eater?

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


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