Happy Meals = Happy Families and Happy Classrooms!
Eating is the only physical task that involves our body’s organ systems, muscles, and sensory system. Eating meals together also involves peer dynamics, learning and development, nutrition and social expectations. Picky eating and feeding problems can be the result of a deficit, not just ‘behavior problems.’ AZ+A’s food therapy helps many children overcome these challenges successfully. We work on-site with children and train educators on strategies for ongoing support as well as in-clinic family meal-time support.
If you answer YES to any of the following statements, the student might benefit from food therapy:
• Child may choke, gag or cough during meal times
• Child has trouble sitting at the table
• Child eats fewer than 20 different foods
• Mealtimes feel consistently, intensely stressful
• Child has difficulty eating in a variety of settings (ie, home, school, restaurant)
• Child has preference for certain brands of food, needs food prepared in a specific way Child may cry or meltdown when a new food is placed on their plate
• Child will not eat foods that are hard to chew, e.g. meat, raw fruits, raw vegetables