Fun with Food!

Welcome to Fun with Food! This site was designed to help parents and caregivers find, share and ask about fun foods for your selective toddler!

As a speech-language pathologist specializing in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, I encounter many children who have experienced negative associations surrounding food. These children often have accompanying oral motor feeding difficulties and sensory processing difficulties--making eating a very stressful experience instead of an enjoyable one.

This website will hopefully serve as an "idea place" for meals as well as questions and support from other parents and caregivers. Enjoy!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Food Play!

Another Trader Joe's snack find--"Fruity Flakes". These are similar to "fruitaboo" roll ups in taste. Here is Adalyn eating "fruity flake leaves" off of our picture! To help your child become familiar with a new food---Play! Today he may feel o.k. with placing the leaves on the tree, tomorrow he may bring one up to his nose or mouth!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

"Sensory Processing Issues Explained"

Here is a wonderful article explaining the complexity of children with Sensory Processing Disorder.

"It's like a traffic jam in your head, with conflicting signals quickly coming from all directions, so that you don't know how to make sense of it all."

"What parents often notice first is odd behaviors and wild mood swings, strange at best, upsetting at worst. Often it's an outsized reaction to a change in environment—a radical, inexplicable shift in the child's behavior."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Feeding Issues in the Schools

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Freeze Dried Mangoes

One of my Trader Joe's finds. I love using freeze dried fruits in therapy to help teach lateral biting and munching. They are also great snacks for the child who prefers crunchy foods. These crumble into fine crumbs which is great for small tastes on fingers or Nuk brushes, teethers and toys! Keep in mind for babies and children who are learning about food and who are tube-fed!