When my older son was a toddler, he was a typically adventurous eater with a very good urge for food. Folks commented on his love for sturdy flavors like salmon and ginger, and his willingness to eat totally different meals. However as his mother and father, we observed one other aspect to his consuming habits: His resistance to consuming most fruits, the best way he gagged when somebody opened a yogurt container close to him, the tears and tantrums once we served him cheese or strawberries. We additionally noticed him go into full-blown panic mode if we tried to have him assist with “kid-friendly” cooking duties like pushing the button on the smoothie blender or kneading sticky bread dough.
Sound acquainted? My child, like many others, has sensory processing points.
He’s now 16 years previous, and we all know that his sensory difficulties are linked to a neurological dysfunction that additionally causes some studying challenges and visual-motor issues. He’s additionally a assured, vibrant, gifted man who’s developed loads of sturdy coping mechanisms over time. It’s generally onerous for me to keep in mind that at one time limit, his auditory sensitivities made household gatherings loud and uncomfortable for him, or that he may throw up on the scent of a banana or the texture of messy meals on his fingers. However after I do keep in mind, I can vividly recall the lodging we made to assist him really feel extra snug in quite a lot of conditions, together with at household meals. I particularly keep in mind how difficult it was to assist him really feel protected, and to assist others perceive his sensory, motor, and social-emotional wants.
That’s why I’m so excited to disclose The Household Dinner Venture’s latest initiative: The Welcoming Desk. With assist from the Tower Basis and assist from a panel of consultants in neurodiversity, dietetics, particular training, little one psychiatry and psychology, occupational and feeding remedy, and trauma-informed care, we’ve created a brand new part of our web site only for households whose mealtime wants transcend the challenges of feeding usually creating youngsters.
At The Welcoming Desk, you’ll discover:
We hope you’ll love this new part of The Household Dinner Venture. When you’ve got any recommendations for brand spanking new matters that will assist us develop The Welcoming Desk initiative to be extra useful to households, please tell us! Contact us with the topic header “The Welcoming Desk.”
A “construct your personal” technique is usually useful when youngsters have sturdy meals aversions, or once they want extra hands-on management of what goes on their plates. These Baked Nachos are a straightforward crowd-pleaser that may even be made in particular person parts.
Construct Your Personal Baked Nachos
Assist wiggly youngsters take motion breaks whereas staying engaged at mealtimes with a spherical of “Waiter, Waiter!”
It may be onerous to know the way to discuss your little one’s wants, particularly in social settings. Listed here are some concepts to get the dialog began.