Food Learning Without The Fight: The Squiggle Fruits Coloring Book!

One of my favorite things about being a speech therapist has always been making materials for kids, and one of my favorite things about writing this blog and adding to the FREE Feeding Resource Library is being able to share materials with so many more kids than I can reach every day in therapy!  I’m super excited to share the newest freebie in the FREE Feeding Resource Library: the printable Learn To Love Food Squiggle Fruits Coloring Book! Continue reading

Help Picky Eaters Explore New Foods!

help picky eaters explore new foodsI love the word explore because exploring requires curiosity. When we get curious we put fear aside and approach something with a playful attitude, willing to try something new. This is exactly the attitude we want picky eaters to have when approaching new foods. We say, “I don’t know much about this food. And that’s ok. Let’s learn about it. What happens if I do this?” We start asking questions, exploring and learning!  Continue reading

Focus On Time At The Table

Focus on time at the tableOur end-goal is always for kids to eat a healthy, well-rounded diet full of the nutrients their bodies need, but the most effective way to get there isn’t necessarily by eating 3 bites or 5 bites or ‘just one more bite.’   The most effective way to get there is to focus on time at the table. Continue reading

The Perfect Meal For A Picky Eater

The Perfect Meal For Picky EatersThe perfect meal for a picky eater has one or two foods that your picky eater likes and will usually/always eat, but it also has foods the rest of the family likes, foods that make the meal nutritionally balanced and foods you eventually want your picky eater to like and eat. Continue reading

Why Texture Matters For Picky Eaters

Why Texture MattersTexture is often the primary reason we choose or refuse foods. We may crave the way something feels in our mouth and, though we like the taste, it’s not our primary reason for wanting it. Or we hate the way something feels in our mouths and even if we loved the taste we still wouldn’t put it in our mouths because of it’s texture. Kids are the same way. We want them to taste foods to see if they like them, but during those tastes kids are also deciding if they like the way the food feels and that may be their primary reason for choosing or refusing it when they see it again. Continue reading

3 Fun Ways To Play With Potatoes!

potato pyramidPotatoes are a staple in my house. With so many varieties and infinite ways to prepare them, their warm, earthy goodness is always satisfying.  Below are 3 fun ways to play with potatoes to help your kids learn to love them, too! Continue reading

Senses Series: Proprioception And Kinesthesia–How We Do What We Want!

yoga food artProprioception tells us where our body is in space through sensory receptors in our joints which signal the position of our body parts with respect to gravity. Kinesthesia is our sense of how tense our muscles are as sensed by special receptors in our muscles. Together these two senses give us intimate knowledge about our bodies and our state: where we are and how we feel.   Continue reading

Frozen Yogurt Drops–Yum!

frozen yogurt drops
vanilla frozen yogurt bites

Frozen yogurt drops are a great alternative to processed foods like Cheerios (though I do love Cheerios) for working on a pincer grasp and they’re nutritious, soothing treats to offer when babies are teething. Continue reading