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Feeding Difficulties in Preschool and School-Age Children


Continued difficulties in children over the age of 3 are often described with the terms PICKY and PROBLEM feeders.  If your child demonstrates the following difficulties, support can be provided to help improve the quality of your family mealtimes:


  • Extremely limited food repertoire (less than 15 foods eaten consistently, refuses food groups)

  • Rigid mealtime behaviors (only eating certain brands of foods, foods must be prepared a certain way, etc.)

  • Texture aversions (refusals, gagging, vomiting)

  • Suddenly refuses a food they previously preferred and never eats it again

  • Mealtime anxiety (often becomes very upset, gags or retches at the sight/smell/taste of a new food)

  • Failure to participate in family meals (leaves table, tantrums, etc.)

  • Difficulty participating in social activities involving food

  • Poor weight gain and/or nutrition concerns



To learn more about the approach to feeding therapy provided at the Step by Step Feeding Clinic, click here.


For Recommended Resources and Links to support your child's journey to enjoyable mealtimes, click here.




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