Picky Eating and Pediatrics

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PICKY EATING

Our state-of-the-art picky eating program combines expert pediatric nutrition with sensory-based Occupational Therapy.

  • Have you tried everything to help your picky eater, but nothing’s worked?

  • Are family meals tense and exhausting?

  • Are you ‘so over’ rewards charts and endless bargaining?

  • Are you worried that your child’s picky eating will result in poor health?

  • Are your child’s food choices brand-specific?

  • Are you tired of receiving well-intended advice from family members and friends?

Our mission at Dr. Daisy & Co. is to provide you

with an individualized plan for helping your picky eater be calmer

and more adventurous towards new foods.

We offer a comprehensive approach, which includes behavioral, 

sensory, and nutrition interventions.

OUR PICKY EATING PROGRAM INCLUDES: 

THE PICKY EATING PROGRAM

1) Nutrition Evaluation and Recommendations

What it is: A 90-minute picky eating evaluation with a Pediatric Dietitian.

 

We will:

~ Discuss your child's food likes and dislikes, eating patterns and habits, and look at growth charts.

 

~ Talk about the factors that are inhibiting your child's readiness to try new foods and eat freely. 

~ Assess your child's nutrition status and provide you with immediate nutritional and behavioral recommendations.

~ Determine whether or not sensory-based Occupational Therapy would be a helpful next step.

THE PICKY EATING PROGRAM

2) Sensory Occupational Therapy

What it is: Sensory-specific Occupational Therapy - a profoundly helpful intervention for common and extreme selective eating.

Sensory Evaluations and Follow-ups:

~ We begin with a sensory evaluation with our feeding specialist, Shira Sliffman OTR/L.

~ Evaluations and feeding therapy follow-ups are 50-min long and take place at our beautiful, child-friendly Rockville office. 

~ Shira uses highly effective but 'no-pressure' models for feeding therapy. OT exercises will be provided for 'homework', to ensure that the feeding therapy sticks.  

CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S WEIGHT?

~ Attempts to 'manage' childhood weight, even with the best-intentions, can send children and teens to eating extremes and damage their self-esteem.

~ Parents: food policing doesn't work and it's no fun for anybody involved. We teach better ways of helping you guide your kids to eat well and listen to their bodies. We focus on long-term changes that empower kids and support their self-esteem. We teach kids intuitive eating!

~ We take weight neutral approach and never put kids on diets. If your child is having a difficult time knowing when they are truly hungry and when they are truly full, we can help figure out the root cause and, if needed, teach them skills to improve interoceptive awareness (our internal sense for hunger and fullness).

CONCERNED ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE?

We work with children and adolescents on a range of nutrition, behavioral, and medical issues including:

~ Concern of over- or under-eating
~ Eating disorders and disordered eating
~ Food obsession
~ Gastrointestinal issues
~ ADHD, anxiety, and other behavioral and psychiatric issues
~ Food allergies and sensitivities
~ Autism

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