Picky Eater Tip #1

By January 20, 2020 May 31st, 2024 blogs, Picky Eating
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You have a picky eater and it is causing stress for your whole family.

Parents who come into our Bondi Junction clinic clinic will often tell our Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists that what really worries them is their child’s nutritional intake. They worry that their child aren’t getting enough calories. They are concerned that they aren’t getting the minimum daily amounts of vitamins and minerals. Let’s look at Picky Eater Tip #1. It is not about the vegetables.

When is comes to helping your picky eater become more adventurous, in the beginning we need to set aside concerns about nutritional intake. Unless your child has significant medical issues, we need to  address the learned behaviours that may have caused picky eating.

What are learned behaviours for picky eaters?

These are the things that your child has learned when they try new foods. Some of the behaviours are child behaviours, and some of them are parent behaviours.

Let’s look at what our Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists in our Bondi Junction clinic have to say about learned behaviours:

The child picky eating behaviours could include:

  • Choking on a baked potato and refusing to eat baked potatoes again.
  • Vomiting after they had drank a strawberry smoothie and refusing to eat any smoothies in future.
  • Suffering from gastroesophageal reflux and eating some food hurts
  • They may have a tongue tie and can’t move some foods efficiently around their mouths
  • They tried broccoli and didn’t like the taste of so they refused to eat broccoli in future.

The parent picky eating behaviours include:

  • Offering other options when their child refuses to eat a meal
  • Giving the child the foods they like and not exposing them to new foods
  • Putting pressure on their child to eat a meal
  • Having a mealtime routine that is not structured
  • Allowing a lot of snacking between meals so the child isn’t hungry at mealtime

Why do we use Picky Eater Tip #1?

The picky eater’s behaviours around mealtimes can be complex and they cause stress for everyone. This tip reduces the family stress stress around meals and food starts to become more enjoyable. Decreasing everyone’s stress around eating is key to moving forward.

More picky eating tips

Picky Eating can cause stress for children, parents and the whole family. Try picky eating tip #3 at home with your child. If you are still  concerned about your child’s picky eating habits, then it is best to start doing something about it now. Our ‘YukToYum’ program helps to build  adventurous eaters who will try new foods. The program has 3 versions:

  • Individual sessions
  • Group Therapy Sessions
  • Online parent Training

Individual Picky Eater Therapy Sessions

Individual sessions are great when a child first starting therapy for picky eating. It allows the therapist to understand more about the child’s eating patterns and preferences. The therapist can try different strategies to see what the child respond to best.

Group Picky Eater Therapy Sessions

Eating is a social skill and we want picky eaters to still enjoy eating with other people. The group program maintains the fun side of feeding intervention. We know that picky eaters do learn by watching their peers eat some foods. Our group picky eater program runs during the school term on a weekly basis for one hour. The sessions work on feeding as well as have breaks for social games in between. It takes time for picky eaters to introduce new foods back into their eating so this is a fun wait to keep doing therapy.

Online Parent Training

Picky eaters have usually being restricting their food choices for many years before they start therapy. It can take a long time to change their eating preferences. It isn’t feasible for all families to attend feeding sessions on an ongoing basis. That is why we developed an online parent training program. This program teaches parents how to introduce new foods and what strategies are likely to help your child expand their repertoire of foods. The program runs 4 times a year.

We’re here to support you

At OneOnOne Children’s Therapy, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to grow and thrive.

Our clinics are not just a space for therapy – it’s a place where children can discover their strengths, overcome challenges, and reach their full potential.

By combining innovative therapy techniques with a stimulating and supportive environment, we’re proud to offer a holistic approach to paediatric therapy and early intervention that addresses the unique needs of each child we support.

Reach out for support

If you’re concerned about your child’s picky eating or want to learn more about how out ‘Yuk To Yum’ program can help your child, OneOnOne Children’s Therapy is here to help.

Call our Bondi Junction and Mascot clinics on (02) 80657837 or email. You can book a free 30 minute phone call with us to discuss how we can support your child’s unique journey