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A Mother’s Guide to Expanding a Child’s Food Choices

Why are kids so fussy around food? Are their taste buds different?

In this episode Dr Samantha Goldman, an occupational therapist and feeding therapist, discusses the sensory fears that children can have around food. She explains that disliking the taste of foods is usually the first assumption parents make, but the sensory fear of food also involves how the food looks, feels, smells, and possibly the noises associated with it.

Samantha suggests parents should try to understand their child’s sensory journey of food from the child’s point of view, and not label kids as fussy or picky eaters.

She recommends techniques such as food chaining and the SOS approach.

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13:24 Understanding sensory processing

18:40 The food chaining technique

21:54 The SOS approach

29:22 Promoting independence and skill-development

Guest: Dr Samantha Goldman, Magical Mealtime Specialist

Dr. Samantha Goldman, a pediatric occupational and feeding therapist, dedicates herself to enhancing understanding of the sensory system through online education. Her goal is to aid parents, adults, and therapists in grasping how to best support sensory needs. By doing so, she aims to reduce chaos and increase enjoyment in daily life. Dr. Goldman firmly believes that education and knowledge empower individuals to better support both mind and body.

Furthermore, her teachings emphasize the importance of understanding sensory processing for overall well-being. This knowledge, she argues, is crucial not just during meal times but throughout the entire day. Dr. Goldman’s approach combines practical strategies with in-depth knowledge, offering holistic support for the sensory system. In summary, her mission is to make life more manageable and enjoyable through a deeper understanding of sensory needs.

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