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Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders Paperback – May 1, 2015
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About the Author
Jenny McGlothlin, MS, CCC-SLP, is a certified speech-language pathologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of feeding disorders for children from birth through the teen years. McGlothlin developed the STEPS feeding program at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at University of Texas at Dallas, where she works with families on a daily basis to foster feeding skills that will serve a child for a lifetime. Her passion is teaching children how to eat when they just can’t figure it out on their own, and McGlothlin has been inducted into the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Hall of Fame for her work in the field. McGlothlin has spent many years teaching graduate-level courses on feeding as well as early child development. She frequently provides feeding workshops for parents and continuing education seminars and webinars for therapists. As a mother of three young children, McGlothlin makes family meals a priority, and enjoys reading and spending time with her friends.
Foreword writer Suzanne Evans Morris, PhD, is an internationally recognized speaker and therapist for infants and children with feeding and mealtime challenges. With more than fifty years’ experience as a speech-language pathologist specializing in feeding development and disorders in children, she pioneered the development of feeding and mealtime programs in the United States. Morris is coauthor of three books: Pre-Feeding Skills, the Mealtime Participation Guide, and the Homemade Blended Formula Handbook.
Top Customer Reviews
It seems that most people who give advice on feeding picky eaters have never had to care for one themselves. Too many pediatricians, grandparents, friends, etc. just have the same advice..."if the kid is hungry enough he will eat what you serve," or "cut out the junk food and he will get hungry for healthy food." Unfortunately, that doesn't usually work with true picky eaters. These authors have been in the trenches with parents and have found a system that works. The best part is that their advice doesn't make you feel like a horrible parent who just didn't try hard enough. I cannot say enough about how helpful this advice is.
Jenny's methods worked, they really did. For our son, it has been a lengthy process, but within one year he was eating very functionally. He was feeding himself and choosing at least a few foods from most major food groups. Fast forward 2.5 years into the journey to now, and he has become the most adventurous eater in the entire family! On a recent family vacation to Italy, he chose and happily consumed roasted pigeon, rabbit, sea bass (with head still on?!), and every fruit and vegetable he came across. Arugula salads are a particular favorite.
Jenny's methodology truly changed our son's life. But it did more than that. It made a difference in the lives of our entire family. Mealtime is now an anticipated event. Restaurants are an adventure. And our beloved son, the little boy who didn't eat at all just a few years ago, is the ring leader.
If you ever wanted a big sister who was also an expert -- and who cares about your child -- to send you a kind, reassuring and knowledgeable letter about your situation, this is it. They know what they are talking about. I love how they avoid using judgmental terms and tones. Certainly they have positions on things, but what a relief to read something on such a hot-button topic that is NOT sanctimonious!
Hugely important is the concept of "no pressure." Even "nice" pressure or overly observing child is still pressure, and kids have a pressure radar more powerful than the US military. The "no pressure" concept surprisingly carries out in many other areas, not just eating! Backing off on the pressure is hard for me, as I tend to want control. However, this does not mean a free-for-all; it means you stop the spiral of resistance-pressure-worry-pressure etc. There are many areas of feeding that are still under YOUR purview as a parent; these are the firm but gentle guardrails within which your child can feel safe to try new things.
The book is rich with helpful takeaways, but my 4 favorites are: (A) Their style -- confident, reassuring, expert; (B) the nitty-gritty, day-to-day details -- they understand how it is to LIVE OUT the guidelines they are offering; and (C) their suggestions for responses ("you might say something like...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book to any parent struggling with a selective and picky eater. It guides you through what you've been doing to enforce the picky eating and what can you do... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Luis A. Bernal Molina
Parents of children with feeding difficulties need to take advantage of this book, Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating by Katja Rowell, MD (family doctor... Read more
This book was both enlightening and reassuring. I cried as I read it, realizing I was already on the right track, and the changes I had began to make were the right ones, despite... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the book that I hand out to every parent I meet who is struggling with some sort of extreme picky eating. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Virginia Sole-Smith
Fascinating subject!! Terrific book well written and full of great information. I highly subject all parents read it!Published 2 months ago by Emily Peacock
I was a bit frustrated through this book as I was hoping for help with my 6 year old SPD son who is malnourished and underweight. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Summer H.
A little too wordy for a step by step method. The suggestions seems almost magical, like " oh try this and eventually your child will start to eat. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Samantha
My son is recently tube-weaned and we have been looking for help getting him to eat solids. So many books ignore the medically fragile children and their unique set of needs. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrea Arthur
I am a feeding therapist and I recommend this book to many of my parents. It can tell them all of the things I can't in sessions due to time constraints.Published 3 months ago by Jennifer