Intervening with Pediatric Feeding Disorders:
Extreme food selectivity, extreme picky eating, special needs
Step 5: Consider coaching from ESI faculty members
ESI faculty members do coaching with established feeding problems, either with professionals or with parents directly. This coaching costs $100 per hour, and will help you properly apply sDOR as well as remain consistent and firm while your child’s eating attitudes and behaviors ever-so-gradually improve. When you have done your reading, thinking, and experimenting, coaching is likely to take between 5 and 10 hours. Because we have found parents get better support when they have in-person help, we prefer to coach professionals who, in turn, work with parents. But professionals who understand and properly apply the division of responsibility in feeding are currently a select group, so you may need our help. Whether you are a parent or professional, here is what you need to do to prepare yourself for a consultation.
- Study one of Ellyn Satter’s books. Child of Mine is best for children through preschool. Your Child’s Weight is best for school-age children and adolescents.
- Be clear about your goal: It is raising a healthy child who is a joy to feed. It is not getting your child to eat.
- Follow the recommendations in “The picky eater” and “Avoid pressure.”
- Give it some time. You can probably do this on your own.
- Pay attention to what works and what doesn’t. Adjust. Try again. Adjust again. Ask for help if and when you get stuck.
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