Your child’s nutrition directly affects his or her ability to grow and learn.
Nutrition consultation at Carolina Pediatric Therapy can consist of evaluation and treatment of nutrition concerns, and includes counseling related to feeding difficulties, weight or growth concerns, food intolerances and disordered eating. Consultation is provided through our Licensed and Registered Dietitians.
Your child and family may need the guidance of a Registered Dietitian for nutrition consultation if your doctor is concerned because she has steadily dropped below or risen above her growth curve.
The nutrition therapy team can work in conjunction with your Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Behavioral Health Therapist to make sure your child is meeting his or her nutritional needs while we address picky eating or feeding difficulties. Sometimes feeding aversion or picky eating can be related to allergies/intolerances to certain foods that can cause stomach upset or gastrointestinal discomfort. We can work with you and your child’s pediatrician and/or specialists to identify those foods and create a plan to avoid them while still meeting your child’s needs for appropriate growth.
Our role is to support you in setting up a stress-free feeding environment. We will work together to develop home habits that will create the structure that children need to feel safe trying and enjoying food. We instruct and support you through the division of responsibility which encourages you to determine what, where and when your child eats, but allows him to choose whether and how much he or she eats. This model can be used for most situations, including picky eaters, children with growth concerns, and those on tube feeding.
* For more information on the approach we use, read through: www.ellynsatterinstitute.org
* While this model is used for most situations, we do at times provide consultation through alternative models when the presenting concern includes an eating disorder such as Anorexia.
We may ask you to fill out a feeding questionnaire or diet history before coming to your appointment. This helps us to understand your child’s regular routine surrounding meals and eating. Please be open and honest. There is no judgement here. Before sitting down to talk, we will quickly check your child’s height or infant’s length and weight so we can monitor progress related to our goals. We will meet with you and your child together so we can receive age-appropriate input from your child and make sure everyone understands the plan. Once we identify areas to work on and goals, you will go home with a plan that may include changing foods or baby formula, modifying meal and snack times, or increasing variety in the family meals. Families usually find monthly follow ups feel right for monitoring progress and making any needed tweaks, but we can lengthen or shorten the follow-up time to fit your situation.
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