Eating can be tricky. Many parts of the body and mind need to work together, it is a series of steps which need to be learnt. The term ‘picky eating’ is easily dismissed as a phase that kids will grow out of. For some, this is true, however for others it can be something which makes mealtimes difficult for the whole family.
We’re a family from the UK but now based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Our son was a very selective eater. We tried several methods to help him, but had most success after visiting local occupational therapist Laura Simmons who is trained in food therapy. Laura taught us ways to play with food to help with desensitisation, and step by step to learn to be more comfortable with food. Even if it was just touching a piece of carrot one day, and learning about its colour and texture, with repeated exposure this was no longer scary and he was eventually happy to eat it!
We know that it’s not always possible for all families to access this kind of professional support, so we put together the Learn Play Eat app with advice from our OT, Laura, so that more kids could benefit from these ideas. We hope it helps you and your family!