Monday, March 04, 2019
MH | Do you have, or provide care for, a child who’s a picky eater?
Having a child who doesn’t eat well can be one of the most stressful situations a parent might face. It’s often unclear why a child refuses to eat and alarming when a child loses weight or is slow to gain weight.
Occupational therapy services can offer help to both children and parents. The outpatient clinics at Memorial Hospital Belleville and Memorial Hospital East are expanding services by providing the SOS (Sequential, Oral, and Sensory) approach to feeding. Staff trained in the SOS research-supported approach can offer additional resources to patients and families.
The therapy department will offer a free informational class for parents on the SOS approach to feeding — “Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders” — at 6 p.m., March 12, at the MHE campus. The course is free, but reservations are required.
The goal of the SOS program is for the child to develop a healthy relationship with food, to be able to eat a variety of foods and to improve family dynamics during meal time. The therapy is play based and uses positive reinforcement to achieve therapy goals. If your child is displaying the following signs, he or she may benefit from therapy:
To register for “Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders,” visit www.mymemorialnetwork.com/events or call 833-607-3627.
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