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Support nutrition and healthy growth.

End mealtime anxiety (for you and your child) once and for all.


Do you worry your child isn’t getting the nutrition he or she needs?

Are you tired of fighting over food?

Do you suspect that things are getting worse, but don’t know how to help?

Your child may be anxious around food, or miss out on social events because he can’t find ‘safe’ foods. The power struggles ruin mealtimes, and stress your relationship with your child.  You don’t have to choose between fighting over every bite and only serving a handful of safe foods for years on end.

There’s hope, even if your child has ‘failed’ feeding therapy. Gain a foundation of understanding of your child’s challenges and the dynamics at play, and transform feeding and meals so your child can learn to enjoy a variety of foods in the right amounts for healthy growth. Tips and exercises reinforce what you’ve learned, and dozens of ‘scripts’ help you respond to your child in the heat of the moment, as well as to others in your child’s life (grandparents or your child’s teacher) as you help them support your family on this journey.

Learn specific strategies to:

Decrease anxiety

Optimize appetite

Address sensory and autism spectrum-related challenges

Address oral motor delay

Restore peace to your dinner table!

TABLE OF CONTENTS: Foundation of Understanding

Chapter 1: Understanding ‘Normal’

  • Typical Intake, Growth and Development
  • Sensory Continuum
  • Appetite and Interest 

Chapter 2: Understanding Your Child’s Challenges

  • “It Hurts”: Medical Challenges
  • “I Can’t”: Oral Motor
  • “I Don’t Like How This Feels”: Sensory
  • “I Don’t Want To”: Temperament and Power Struggles
  • “I’m Scared”: Negative Experiences
  • Misunderstanding Can Worsen or Cause Feeding Problems
  • Diagnostic Considerations

Chapter 3: Understanding Your Role

  • The Worry Cycle of Feeding
  • What Are You Worried About: Nutrition, Growth
  • Counterproductive Feeding, the Why and the How
  • Why Kids Push Back
  • Kids Learn to Eat for the Wrong Reasons
  • Pressure Increases Anxiety, Decreases Appetite
  • Pressure Makes Kids Like Food Less

Steps to Progress

Chapter 4: Step One: Decrease Anxiety, Stress and Power Struggles
  • Address Your Anxiety 
  • Ideas to Lessen Anxiety
  • Your Child’s Anxiety
  • Decreasing Power Struggles
  • Protecting Your Child From Pressure From Others

Chapter 5: Step Two: Routine

  • Routine to the Rescue: Helps Behavior, Anxiety, and Appetite
  • Getting to the Table
  • Flexibility in Routine
  • Your Children Will Test the Routine:
  • When They Don’t Eat, When They Won’t Come to the Table, When They Act Out
  • The Structure That Isn’t
  • Nurture Your Child

Chapter 6: Step Three: Have Family Meals

  • What Is a Family Meal?
  • Roles at the Table: Yours and Your Child’s
  • Family Table Mood Makeover
  • Serving Family or Buffet Style
  • Dessert
  • Paper Napkin Security Blanket
  • Offering Food the Better Way
  • What to Say What Not to Say
  • Eating Together Away From Home
  • Nannies and Daycare 

Chapter 7: Step Four: WHAT and HOW to Serve

  • Menu plan for the whole family
  • Support Nutrition with Bridges
  • Sensory Preference Matching
  • When You Don’t Know How to, Don’t Want to, or Can’t Cook (Yet)
  • Introducing New Foods
  • Preparing and Serving Meats and Fruits and vegetables
  • Sweets and Treats
  • Special Circumstances

Chapter 8: Step Five: Building Skills

  • Building Skills and Familiarity, Motor-sensory, Drinking
  • Addressing Challenges
  • Therapy Options
  • Good Therapy
  • Red Flags
  • Long vs. Short term goals

Chapter 9: Steps Toward Hope and Progress

  • Recognizing Progress
  • Attitude and Anxiety First
  • Stages of Progress
  • When Progress Stalls
  • Healthy and Happy
  • Parting Words
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