Resources for Parents with Picky Eaters
It is tough to know how a child will react to foods being introduced into his or her diet. A child may happily accept one food while rejecting the other—or reject all foods entirely. It is important for parents and caregivers to keep these myths and facts in mind about children who are difficult feeders.
For children who struggle with feeding, the speech therapists and occupational therapists at CHOC work to evaluate and create a treatment plan for each child that takes into consideration the child’s specific oral-motor, sensory, behavioral and developmental needs. There are three main goals of feeding therapy:
You should request an authorization for a swallowing or feeding evaluation at CHOC from the child’s primary care physician, allergist or gastroenterology doctor or nurse practitioner. Once the Rehabilitation Department obtains the authorization, they will schedule the child for an evaluation based on their triage process. The triage process looks at the medical acuity of the child. For more information, please call 714-509-4220.