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Guidelines for healthful eating patterns meals. Some therapists use the SOS (SequentialOral-Sensory) Approach to feeding, which can help children learn to improve their relationship with food and increase their openness to new foods. Following the “normal” developmental steps, stages, and skills of feeding, any motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical, sensory or nutritional

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The USDA has established guidelines for healthful eating patterns, with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. However, only 1% of children consume a diet that meets all dietary standards set by the US government. At the same time, 20% of children under the age of five go through a period of “picky eating.” Many of those children tend to refuse the very foods that are crucial for growth and development, leading to mealtime battles. Parents are the most important factor in a child’s relationship with food. They should model healthful eating patterns themselves; a child will learn by example. Patience is necessary – eating habits do not change overnight. Additionally, parents can help their children at home by offering a variety of foods at each meal and snack, establishing a mealtime routine, eliminating distractions, scheduling meals and snacks, eliminating snacking or grazing between meals, engaging the child in mealtime preparation, and getting messy, allowing the child to play with their food. Feeding therapists specialize in helping children learn to enjoy a broader variety of foods, and in giving parents the tools to improve family

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