Feeding



Does your child exhibit any of the following?

  • eats 20 foods or less
  • limits those foods to around 2-10 accepted foods
  • eats the same food every day for several weeks and then stops and never eats it again (food jag)
  • has “safe foods”
  • cries and tantrums when he/she is presented with a new food
  • gags or vomits when shown or tries to eat certain foods
  • avoids touch or taste of certain foods
  • refuses categories of food because of texture or color
  • needs a routine around food
  • does not eat a new food after typically 10 exposures
  • has very long meal times

If this is your child, how do you distinguish between picky and a problem eater?

The biggest difference between a “picky eater” and a child with a feeding problem is …

  • the child with the feeding problem’s growth and development is being affected by their limited diet and refusal of foods.
  • A child with a feeding problem does not have a varied diet and has completely ruled out many of the food groups from their intake.
  • A child with a feeding problem might exhibit physiologic reactions to the sight, smell, and taste of foods including retching, gagging, vomiting, flushed face, increased agitation, or anxiety as well.

TEIS therapists will

  • work with you to develop strategies that will fit into your family’s mealtime routines.
  • use a positive approach to feeding that is focused on creating a healthy, life long relationship with food.
  • help your child to develop the strength and coordination in using the small muscles around the mouth, in order to manage food.
  • address difficulty with food textures, as well as make sure the body and brain are in an organized state for mealtime