The feeding therapist in me ALWAYS prefers high quality feeds over higher quantity feeds. I believe firmly in listening to the patient's cues and pushing them just to the point of success and teetering on the edge of what they tolerate to encourage the next step in their development. However, we cannot underestimate the need for appropriate calories and nutrition.
"Kids, it's dinner time!" As you call over to the kids, you sit and wonder "Are they going to eat what I cooked tonight?" Or maybe you don't wonder at all. Maybe you know they won't because it's not macaroni and cheese. Or if you're like me, 2 of the 3 will like it and the 3rd will complain for sure. There are only a handful of meals I can make that everyone likes. And every once in a while, even that meal gets shot down by someone.
Because of the prevalence of picky eating, I have created a free, parent training to look at tips and tricks for working with the picky eater. These tips and tricks are standard tips that can be used with the "typical" picky eater and with a child who has true feeding difficulties or a feeding disorder.
As a speech pathologist that specializes in feeding therapy, I encourage families to stick with a solid meal/snack schedule. As a mom, I encourage you to stick with listening to your child. Remember, your responsibility is to decide what they are given and when. Their responsibility is to decide which of those items they eat and how much they eat.
By providing comprehensive and compassionate therapy, I hope to allow children an opportunity to show love to others through their speech, their language, and their feeding. If you see someone who is sad, you talk to them. If someone needs comforting, you bring them food or share a meal together. Children with speech, language, or feeding delay may not be able to show love in those same ways. I want to help change that.