Dealing with a picky eater can be stressful and frustrating, but we’re here to help! Diesje Hiltmann, one of our incredible occupational therapists, specializes in feeding difficulties and has some helpful tips.
Have you ever thought: “Why can you just not eat what we all eat!” or “I’m tired of making different meals for everyone!!”
Guess what: You’re So Not Alone
The likelihood of having a picky eater in your house is high. Statistics show that 40% of typically developing children and 80% of children with disabilities have some form of feeding difficulty ranging from being a mild picky eater to more severe feeding difficulties resulting in malnutrition. This isn’t due to poor parenting, although parents often have the tendency to feel like failures. Rest assured that you’re not failing to take care of your child’s nutritional needs, but there’s a chance that your child may have some underlying sensory-motor difficulties that prevent them from managing certain foods.
Check out this great website I found that does a great job at answering a lot of questions we’ve all had about our kids and their eating habits…and if you still have any questions or concerns, give us a call at Canoe and ask to speak with your favorite feeding expert, Diesje. Yep, that’s me!!