Food Trucks In feeding therapy, food has to be fun! You can’t just jump in and expect a child with a feeding disorder to take food from you. You have to make the child comfortable, even to the extent of just being in the same room as certain foods. Color pictures ... Glimpses
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Food Trucks
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Glimpses
Glimpses   |   June 01, 2015
Food Trucks
The ASHA Leader, June 2015, Vol. 20, 6. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.20062015.6
The ASHA Leader, June 2015, Vol. 20, 6. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.20062015.6
In feeding therapy, food has to be fun! You can’t just jump in and expect a child with a feeding disorder to take food from you. You have to make the child comfortable, even to the extent of just being in the same room as certain foods. Color pictures of food. Make food out of Play-Doh. Incorporate plastic or wooden food into your sessions. Have the child pretend to feed his favorite teddy bear. Contrary to what we learned growing up, it’s OK to play with your food! Take the pressure off meal time and let them play. It’s even better if they get messy! I started “Fun With Food Friday” sessions with one of my picky eaters and the results have been amazing. We added food coloring to Cool Whip and drove cars and trucks through it. Because he was having fun, this little guy was touching and requesting foods that were new to him.
About me: I am a pediatric speech-language pathologist for TheraChoice, a private company in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, and the author of the Simply Speech blog (kcummingsslp.blogspot.com). I received my bachelor’s from the University of Central Florida and master’s from the University of South Florida. I have a 3-year-old daughter and a son due this month.
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