Getting Started with Picky Eaters Therapy
Picky eaters refers to anyone who eats only eat certain foods, or will refuse to try any new ones. This is very commonly be seen in children, who will only eat basic foods rather than trying various foods. There are many causes for this and in many situations, your child will grow out of it. In some children, their sensors are extremely sensitive, making them hypersensitive to sights, textures or smells of foods, which can impact their decisions to try new ones.
At Speechaim, our specialist staff can work with your child in order to introduce a range of more food choices in their diet in order to improve overall health and growth.
Strategies for the home
Before considering therapy, we advise a range of strategies to try and apply within your home. Most of these are simply strategies that have proven to be highly effective at the dinner table:
- Eating dinner as a family around the table,
- Do not allow your child to snack throughout day,
- Remove distractions from dinnertime - take away any phones and turn off TV/radios,
- Only introduce a single new food at a time in small portions,
- Introduce the new food at the beginning of the meal when the child is hungry- this works especially well if they have not snacked all day,
- Give choices - do you want 3 or 5 green beans? This will give them a thought of control,
- Do not require a clean plate at all of your meals.
Red flags and bad signs
Try to introduce a few of these throughout the weeks to see if your child will begin to try new foods. While they do not need to try all new foods, a sign of 2 to 5 attempts is good. However, during this time period it is also a good idea to look for any bad signs. For example:
- Inappropriate weight gain (under/overweight),
- Difficulty with accepting different textures of foods,
- Not accepting an entire food groups (e.g. fruits, vegetables, meats...),
- Your child has a food range less than 20 foods,
- Child fighting over foods or mealtime.
While all of these on an odd occasion are normal, it is important to look out for them occurring multiple times within a short period.
How can we help?
At Speechaim, our highly skilled and knowledgeable specialists can help your child to try a range of new foods. Using specially tailored programs designed for your child, we can help your child to understand new foods as well as the benefits that come with them. With only a few therapy sessions, we aim to have your child trying various new foods both at home and during our sessions. We want to work to a point in which trying new foods is no longer an issue for your child, but something they actually enjoy!
We also offer Speech Therapy Sessions for:
Child or Teen Speech Therapy
Autism Speech Therapy
Preschool Language Therapy
Language Boost Therapy
Feeding Swallowing Therapy
Social Communication Therapy
Learning Disability Therapy
ADHD Attention Deficit Therapy
Development Delay Therapy
Late Talkers Therapy