1150 – Webinar – Beyond Picky Eating: End the Power Struggles and Support Nutrition & Healthy Growth
(December 2015) Roughly one in ten American children eat so little variety or amount that it interferes with physical, social or emotional development. With diagnoses and labels like “failure to thrive,” selective eating, ARFID (avoidant restrictive food intake disorder), sensory disorders and just plain picky eating…..families are struggling. Foster and adopted children often face additional challenges with difficult beginnings. This workshop will help parents understand why children are struggling and importantly, share relationship-building strategies to move forward and support their child’s appetite and intake. These include:
- Learn why pressuring, bribing, and power struggles make picky eating worse and what to do instead
- Learn relationship-building tips and phrases to neutralize power struggles
- Explore and respond to your child’s sensory preferences and temperament
- Help your child self-regulate and tune in to appetite and fullness cues
- Support nutrition while waiting for picky eating to improve
Katja Rowell, M.D. is a family doctor and childhood feeding specialist. Her first book, Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More addresses common challenges for adoptive and foster families, from food preoccupation and hoarding to selective eating. Her second book, Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders shares more relationship-building strategies specific to extreme picky eating.