Welcome to Learn To Love Food!
As a speech-language pathologist who specializes in pediatric feeding therapy, I’ve shared many frustrations, milestones and successes with children and families dealing with feeding disorders and picky eating.
We can’t make kids eat. We can’t make them eat something they don’t like the taste of, are scared of, don’t like the texture of, or something they think will make their tummies hurt. We all have control over what we will put in our mouths, chew and swallow. We don’t want to take that control over their bodies away from kids. We can’t make them eat.
We can teach them about food. We can teach them about how food smells, how it feels, how it tastes, how we can manipulate food with our hands, how we can taste it with our fingers, lips and tongue, how our teeth can crunch it, how we can send it to our tummies and make hunger go away. With love, compassion, fun and playfulness, we can teach kids the skills and comfort level they need to eat a wider and wider variety of foods. We can teach them to LOVE FOOD!!
In this blog I’m sharing activities from years of feeding therapy sessions. I hope you find them fun and helpful!
From my kitchen to yours, enjoy and happy food-play!!