- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (May 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 162625110X
- ISBN-13: 978-1626251106
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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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.
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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.
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 and feeding specialist) and Jenny McGlothlin, MS, SLP (speech language pathologist specializing in pediatric feeding disorders). I’m a reader and reading is a preferred learning method for me personally. Repetition in learning feeding therapy strategies is always beneficial for parents. I’ve not seen a book so appropriately written, specifically for parents, to address feeding difficulties for children before. This book would be a great addition to participating in feeding therapy with your child. Really, I feel like this is a great summary of what I teach parents during a 3-4 month period of weekly feeding therapy.
Often, I remind parents of recommendations I’ve given in the past and they have forgotten. This book would be great to read before, during or after a child has received feeding therapy. It would really solidify the information given and parents could refer back to it easily.
If your child hasn’t started feeding therapy, I suggest reading this book one chapter at a time. Remember that I said it’s a good summary of what I teach parents over 3-4 months at a time? It is a large amount of information and could possibly be overwhelming all at once. Read a chapter, then take a week or two to really think and start applying the suggestions at home. Then go on through chapter by chapter like this until you’ve finished the book.
The philosophy of feeding therapy presented in this book addresses the importance of decreasing anxiety around food first, then to encourage and facilitate building skills in a trusting and safe mealtime environment. It mirrors my own feeding therapy philosophy. Towards the end of the book, the authors also discuss finding a feeding therapist and program that is a good fit for your child and family.
The book is written with a compassionate and realistic understanding of what children and parents go through when a child isn’t eating well. The authors structure the book around Jenny McGlothin’s STEPS+ feeding therapy approach.
STEP 1: Decrease Anxiety, Stress and Power Struggles.
STEP 2: Establish a Structured Routine
STEP 3: Have Family Meals
STEP 4: Know What to Serve and How to Serve It
STEP 5: Build Skills
Buy this book! Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating even has digital downloads to help implement book suggestions through the publisher, New Harbinger Publications.
I provide feeding therapy services in children’s homes in Davis, Morgan and Weber counties in Utah. If I am not in your area, Feeding Matters has compiled an extensive list of international feeding professionals. I’d love to help your family!
What I didn't love about the book was the organization of information, or lack thereof. I did not find it to be a "step-by-step guide" as the subtitle suggests, and the chapter headings made it difficult for me to locate information later on that I wanted to revisit.
I also felt that the author could have and should have tackled some frequently asked questions about her suggested process, as I have run into many situations since changing to her style that have left me completely stumped. In my house, tortilla chips is one of the very few foods my son eats consistently, so when we have Mexican for dinner (which is a lot), that is all he goes for. I would love the opportunity to ask Ms. Rowell if I should limit the amount of tortilla chips he consumes at dinner in order to encourage him to possibly try something else on the table? Is it appropriate to require him to dip it in something, such as guacamole, if he wants more? And what should I do when he asks for seconds of something that has run out on the table (but we have more of in the pantry/fridge)? Do I tell him sorry and let him go hungry since likely he won't eat anything else on the table? I know there are hundreds of different scenarios for different kiddos out there, but I feel like those questions are pretty universal when we're talking about picky eaters and changing to a new "family style" dinner.
One of the most helpful things I got from the book was a URL to a blog called "Mealtime Hostage" which is ran by a mother of a child with EPE. I highly recommend her blog if you haven't come across it. She even has an online support group on Facebook that the website directs you to, but it is chock full of so much information about her own journey, and she has compiled resources from several experts which saved me a lot of leg work. Heck, just knowing I was not alone in this struggle gave me so much hope and encouragement.
Overall, I would still recommend the book if you have a child that suffers from ARFID/selective eating/extreme picky eating, because even if you only glean a few helpful tips from it, every new perspective and piece of advice helps if you ask me!