Blogjam: Why the Food Battles? In a guest post on the PediaStaff blog, SLP Melanie Potock suggests becoming a "feeding detective" to discover why a child is a picky eater. "When I meet a child for the first time, my job is to assess much more than just what foods he will ... Blogjam
Blogjam  |   November 01, 2013
Blogjam: Why the Food Battles?
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Blogjam   |   November 01, 2013
Blogjam: Why the Food Battles?
The ASHA Leader, November 2013, Vol. 18, 14. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ2.18112013.14
The ASHA Leader, November 2013, Vol. 18, 14. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ2.18112013.14
In a guest post on the PediaStaff blog, SLP Melanie Potock suggests becoming a "feeding detective" to discover why a child is a picky eater. "When I meet a child for the first time, my job is to assess much more than just what foods he will or will not eat. Assessing why a child won't eat requires investigating three areas directly related to eating: physiology, motor skills and behavior." Physiological factors include not just gastrointestinal issues, but the child's vestibular and proprioceptive systems. Fine and gross motor skills are also important—can the child, for example, pick up a single piece of dry cereal? And what behaviors, positive and negative, have had an impact on meal times? "Each family's situation is different and each child's symptoms unique," Potock suggests. "That's why I love being a therapist—it requires a little detective work to figure out all the pieces of the puzzle."
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