Picky Eaters

So you think you have a picky eater on your hands? Well most likely they aren’t a picky eater, it might be sensory related.


If ANY of the following are present, please consult your speech therapist to discuss the S.O.S Approach to Feeding (see Food Therapy under our “Therapies” tab for an explanation of S.O.S):

  • Ongoing poor weight gain (rate re: percentiles falling) or weight loss
  • Ongoing choking, gagging or coughing during meals
  • Ongoing problems with vomiting
  • More than one incident of nasal reflux
  • History of traumatic choking incident
  • History of eating & breathing coordination problems, with ongoing respiratory issues
  • Inability to transition to baby food purees by 10 months of age
  • Inability to accept any table food solids by 12 months of age
  • Inability to transition from breast/bottle to a cup by 16 months of age
  • Has not weaned off baby foods by 16 months of age
  • Aversion or avoidance of all foods in specific texture or food group
  • Food range of less than 20 foods, especially if foods are being dropped over time with no new foods replacing those lost
  • An infant who cries and/or arches at most meals
  • Family is fighting about food and feeding (i.e. meals are battles)
  • Parent repeatedly reports that the child is difficult for everyone to feed
  • Parental history of an eating disorder, with a child not meeting weight goals

This is a great book to help you understand and give you guidance on the issue. Just Take a Bite by Lori Ernsperger, Tania Stegen-Hanson, and Temple Grandin 

Three AMAZING Articles Written By Dr. Kay A. Toomey: 

Dr. Kay A. Toomey of the STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center in Colorado is the developer of the S.O.S Approach to Feeding. She has written these below articles. We wanted to share this great information with you, because of how MUCH it has helped our boys!! Thank you so much Kay for letting us share your work on our site!


2.  GerberArticle

3. When Children Won’t Eat


If you would like more information, please visit the STAR website to contact them and/or ask your speech therapist if they are trained in the S.O.S Approach.

Our son’s have been doing feeding therapy with our speech therapists for a year now. It’s been truly life changing.

Another Great Resource: Feeding Matters (formely P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E Center):  www.feedingmatters.org.