Frequently Asked Questions
Is my child’s fussy eating normal?
Most children go through a bit of a fussy stage during their toddler years, most commonly from 12 months to 2 years. This is left over from times gone by when food was scarce and fast growing toddlers needed to prioritise fatty, sweet foods to maximise calorie intake and they are also geared to avoid bitter flavours which were more likely to be poisonous as they foraged for foods. It is in built to ensure toddlers didn’t put anything and everything into their mouths.
Your child’s fussy eating shouldn’t persist beyond their toddler years. It also shouldn’t impact other family members and make family mealtimes stressful for all.
Will my child grow out of their fussy eating?
Research suggests 25% of children wont simply grow out of their fussy eating.
Indicators your child’s fussy eating may be more persistent than typical are:
- If your child eats less than 20-30 foods
- If they become anxious at mealtimes
- If they avoid whole food groups
- If they are particular about certain textures of foods
- If their growth is faltering
- If family mealtimes have become stressful
- If your child avoids family meal times
- If their fussy eating persists beyond toddlerhood
What will I learn in the course?
This e course will provide you with lots of answer’s about why your child may be selective with their eating. Once you understand why it is easier to help them to try new foods. The course will provide lots of easy to implement strategies that can fit simply into your everyday routines to provide opportunities and encourage your child to try and subsequently eat new foods.
How is the course structured?
The course is 9 short audio episodes. Each episode is between 10 and 15 minutes long. Once downloaded you can listen to them anywhere it is convenient for you. During the course I also refer to extra fact sheets and resources which can be used to help you implement the strategies at your home.
How long will it take me to complete the course?
The course can be done as quickly or slowly as you like. It is designed for you to listen an episode and implement that strategy and knowledge for a week or two and then move on to the next episode when your family is ready. Once you have purchased the course you can listen to it as many times as you like, the episodes are separated so you can listen to all of the episode or just a particular episode again. This means you may choose to listen to all the episodes and get an initial idea of where we are heading and then go back and listen episode by episode. It is up to you.
Will my child eat everything by the time I have finished the course?
Once these strategies are implemented some children gain confidence quickly and start trying many foods in a short period of time.
If your child has been eating a restricted diet for a few years they will likely find it harder to transition to eating a large variety of foods. If this is the case the course will provide you with great strategies that you can implement at your child’s pace. They are easy and will become second nature over time so that they don’t continue to require headspace to implement. They will simply become part of your mealtime routines. What WILL change is the atmosphere at mealtimes and the carers stress level around meals. The knowledge and strategies provided will empower the carer and reduce stress and worry as the carer will be confident in supporting their fussy eater on a journey to loving a wide variety of foods by creating healthy food connections.
My child has special needs, is it appropriate for them?
Absolutely. These strategies can be applied to all children and they will support the whole family to create and maintain healthy food connections. Every day in my clinic I see these strategies work with typically developing children and children with added complexities and special needs.
I already see a feeding therapist with my child, will I learn anything new?
I recommend all my 1 on 1 clients complete this course as we start regular therapy. They are the foundations I believe all families need to have in place before they implement strategies designed for their particular family. It’s hard to build anything if the foundations aren’t laid well! They are strategies many feeding therapists would recommend to their clients. Often however this volume of information is hard to get across on a session when the focus is the child and keeping them happy and confident. Other advantages of having these strategies in an audio format is that you can listen to them over and over. You can also listen to them when you don’t feel the need to tell someone else about what it happening in your family or for your child, you just simply listen, reflect and then see how you could make adjustments to what is happening in your household now to ensure joyful mealtimes that support adventurous eating and healthy food connections.