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To move from that place of fear to this moment in time, I had to trust TJ with eating. It sounds easy.

It’s not.

Sky Van Zetten

Mealtime Hostage

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Our go-to resource for parents struggling with extreme picky eating is the blog and facebook page called Mealtime Hostage. Skye Van Zetten, mother of a selective eater, is the creator and moderator of the private facebook support group for parents. This safe space provides support, resources,  a listening ear, and more.

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helpful gear
  • Chewy Tubes®: Made in the USA! ARK’s Y-Chews are a safe way to exercise the mouth muscles, build oral tone, practice biting and chewing skills, and provide tactile sensory input to the lips, tongue, cheeks, and jaw.

  • DuoSpoon: oral exploration motor tool for children who have sensory challenges. Use it as a dipper to pair the child’s favorite smooth purees with the DuoSpoon.  The DuoSpoon can also be used as an aid to help increase upper lip activity and food removal.

  • ezpz Happy Bowls and Happy Mats designed by feeding therapists for home or therapy settings
  • Ark’s Basic Bear Straw Bottle

  • Arks Cip-Kup
  • Thera-Tubing

  • NUK® brushes

  • Tri-Chew

  • DOIDY cup: designed with unique slant to teach children to drink from a rim, not a spout

  • Lollacup: two-handled cup with a weighted, valve-free straw that keeps in the liquid so the child can drink even when the cup is tilted and allows for easier drinking
  • Playtex® Coolster®
  • Inflatable Sensory Cushion
  • Wow Cup: no spill tumbler that supports healthy oral-motor development
therapy tips for home
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sensory play and fun
ARFID twitter chat with links

SUMMARY OF TWEET CHAT 1/21/2016: Understanding an ARFID Diagnosis and Children Struggling with Selective Eating

Kerzner paper in Academy of Pediatrics Classifying and managing feeding challenges Mei 2004 article on shifts in percentiles in children’s growth  http://1.usa.gov/1RlEthS Failure to Thrive Current Clinical practice, Pediatric Review 2011  http://1.usa.gov/1l64Hqq Legler paper  Assessment of Abnormal Growth Curves  Gurze Eating Disorder catalog Q and A   http://bit.ly/1ImsrBE Hobart Davies paper Reconceptualizing feeding and feeding disorders in interpersonal context  Blog post on avoiding trauma in pediatric feeding therapies  Zucker article on psychological and psychosocial impairment with selective eating   http://bit.ly/1n0n6pY  Pediatric Feeding News  book excerpt on bridging to new foods     http://bit.ly/1UqsDR6 What is author’s STEPS+ approach     http://bit.ly/1Pb2PEM 5 Common Problems behind extreme picky eating Real Mom Nutrition blog  http://bit.ly/1Ov265f What is “extreme” picky eating?  blog post, author’s definition http://bit.ly/1iePCSt Suzanne Evans-Morris SLP PhD on the importance of happiness at mealtimes  http://bit.ly/1PI9aMH Autism and branching out article by Marsha Dunn-Klein MEd, OT  http://bit.ly/1mvawiO Sensory input and the mouth article by Suzanne Evans-Morris SLP, PhD http://bit.ly/1O0qx9b Black and Aboud framing of Responsive Feeding http://1.usa.gov/1Ovq0xp Visual and message on importance of trust and relationship with feeding http://bit.ly/1RqdTCD America Did Not Invent the Picky Eater blog from Mealtime Hostage Mothers with ED may struggle with feeding cues and responsive feeding  Squires 2014 paper Resources for responsive feeding support and anticipatory guidance: English 2009, and 2015 Kerzner paper identify Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility as responsive feeding “operationalized” (English). The following include parent and professional resources. The website is a wealth of free articles and learning modules. www.ellynsatterinstitute.org Feeding with Love and Good Sense II DVD Child of Mine Feeding Pamphlets age appropriate, short and to the point Masters for primary care easy-to-read handouts for anticipatory guidance and avoiding harm

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