Category: Feeding therapy

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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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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What is picky eating?

Picky eating is a problem that can often be misunderstood by those around us. If you’re raising a picky eater, you may have been told that your child will simply grow out of their fussiness; that it’s a normal part of childhood development. While this is true in some cases, for many kids, there may…
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User Experience week – what we learnt about our app and picky eating

We’ve just spent a week at the AcademyXi offices in Sydney, with some of their super smart students, reviewing and working on the user experience (UX) of our app. We reviewed a lot of the research on picky eating and spoke in-depth with our feeding therapist OT Laura Simmons. The students prototyped ways to improve…
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Learn more about picky eating

If you’re interested to learn more about picky eating, fussy eating, selective eating, ARFID or however you want to call it, here are some links we have found helpful: Some reasons for fussy eating developing and ways to help by Dr Jennifer Cohen https://www.drjennifercohen.com/help-your-fussy-eater/ “Your child needs to be comfortable touching food, smelling it, playing…
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Our journey with picky eating

Our son has been a picky eater since 8 months old. He’s now 5 and we are now thankfully moving in the right direction. At its worst, he was down to around 10 ‘safe’ foods, including plain pasta mini shells (no spirals or penne thank you very much!), weetbix, bread, cheese, milk, crackers, nuts and…
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