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Learning to Like Apples

This week we chatted to some parents about which foods we would like our kids who are picky eaters to be able to eat. Fruits, vegetables and meats came up a lot, and in particular apples were mentioned a couple of times.  So I thought I’d try focusing on apples and put together some ideas…
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Division of Responsibility for Family Mealtimes

At Learn Play Eat we talk a lot about using the ‘Division of Responsibility’ (DOR) approach by Ellyn Satter to help picky eaters at family mealtimes. DOR says that the parents should provide the food and decide what the meal is, when it will be and where, and the children decide if they will eat…
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6 ways to help children taste new foods

For children who are picky eaters, and even more so for those who have a food phobia or ARFID, tasting and eating a new food can be tricky. Feeding therapists tell us that pressuring a child to try a food, through “just one bite” or a “no thank you” bite might work in the short-term…
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Our top 10 tips to help picky eaters

Raising a child who is a picky eater can be challenging. At Learn Play Eat we want to help families overcome picky eating by sharing what we’ve learnt from our experience with an extremely picky eater, and from many discussions working with health professionals. We’ve put together our top 10 tips below: Get the nutrition…
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TV shows and movies about food for picky eaters

Watching TV shows or movies which feature food are a great way to encourage an interest in food. It can help children who are picky eaters and those who have food phobias to normalise food and make it seem less scary.  There are 3 different types of shows which can be used for this: Entertainment…
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How to help young children learn about food

For all children to develop a healthy relationship with food it’s important to consider how we talk to them and teach them about food; this is especially true for picky eaters. Feeding therapists and paediatric dietitians say that young kids do not need and are not yet able to learn the complex details of nutrition,…
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What is ARFID?

ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, is an eating disorder which affects many children and adults, it used to be called Selective Eating Disorder and is sometimes called extreme picky eating. It is more than just fussy eating but can look like it at first. It often needs help and support to overcome, and won’t be…
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When to seek help for fussy eaters

Image: https://unsplash.com/@simonrae Children learn how to eat a variety of food from a very young age, but this process isn’t always smooth sailing. Refusing to try unfamiliar things or only eating a handful of foods is quite common up to the age of five, with around 50 percent of toddlers likely to be fussy with…
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Who to see for help with picky eating

In Australia, there are many different types of health professionals who treat children with eating challenges. Deciding which path to go down can be tricky, as it depends on your child and what type of treatment works best for them. To help you make an informed choice, here’s a list of health professionals who commonly…
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Help for picky eaters in your own home

If you’re faced with helping a picky eater develop a healthy relationship with food, you may be wondering where to begin.  While in some cases, seeing a health professional is the best way forward, there are also many things you can do at home to help your child get on the right track with their…
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