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Is the Food Safe? Feeding Therapy Tips for Parents

Date: February 27, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0


This week’s blog is one area that is near and dear to my heart which is, feeding therapy. About 5 years ago, I was given a feeding case from my job. I started to research about feeding therapy and even took a few conferences.

I started to look forward to seeing this child each week because as challenging as this case was I learned so much. You never realize how much food is an important part of families. Many families come together during mealtime to discuss their day or problems and now add a screaming child who refuses to eat or makes himself/herself vomit when they see new foods.

In following a feeding hierarchy I have seen so many positive gains with children eating new foods and the family having some together time because mealtimes are not as stressful.


New Foods Are They Safe?

This week I learned something new during a feeding session. I have been working on getting a child to accept crunchy foods and he/she has refused so I broke up the food and showed them the crumbs. They were not accepting of having them placed on their lips so I placed a small amount on my lips. The child looked at me and then allowed me to place on their lips.

So I learned as a speech therapist that a child is not going to accept something new unless they know it is safe. If an adult is willing to try a food then the child will feel more comfortable trying a new food.

Remember it takes numerous times for a child to feel comfortable with a new food. So sit at the table and share a snack with your child.

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