From an amazing speech-language pathologist who treats children with feeding issues
I recently interviewed Christie Olguin, CCC-SLP (Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology) and clinic director at ABILITY Pediatric Therapy in San Antonio.
Leading over 100 therapists, Christie personally works mainly with kids with food aversion. She’s helped many severe cases overcome problem eating.
One idea that this expert in solving picky eating made clear to me is that enjoyment matters! Enjoyment is essential! Enjoyment in eating is healthy. It’s not a luxury or a frivolous frill. It’s not an indulgent distraction from the dread duty of getting used to eating what’s good for you. Pleasure in eating may be the most important lesson to teach a picky eater.
That day, Christie was working with an 11-month-old, Grant, who is averse to food. Grant is food averse for several reasons.
Grant learned early that eating meant pain from acid reflux. He was diagnosed…