I really want my son’s therapist to move in with us. Meal time has truly become a stressful time. While she makes feeding look easy, I continue to struggle and, literally, want pull my hair out. She is stern, compassionate, structured and persistent. Ana is going above and beyond to provide me with every tool and technique I need to make progress. A good therapist specializing in severe feeding and sensory issues is key to making your child successful!
Today was the first day I was able to sit in the observation room, and watching her go through the process made me laugh and almost cry. We video recorded today’s session, and plan to watch the footage with Jonathan. In addition, she created a document spelling out the techniques. One thing we were doing wrong is introducing too many foods and utilizing the process at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The therapies will now be conducted between meals and snacks. We have selected four new foods to try until he comfortably eats each one.
During today’s therapy, he almost ate an entire small container of applesauce and a few bites of deli turkey. He had an easier time with the applesauce than with the turkey. When she presented him with the turkey, I could see the fear in his eyes as he struggled to bite a small piece. He continually rubbed his head and pushed it away. The turkey made him uncomfortable and FRUSTRATED.
Since we began implementing the process, my son has dropped yogurt from his food repertoire, which means he now only eats pretzels, Nutri-Grain bars and turkey bacon. I’m thinking he is rejecting the yogurt due to a recent change (removal of high fructose corn syrup in the yogurt formula. One step backwards, but, hopefully, two steps forward. I continue to do my research on oral defensiveness and really have a problem putting my arms around this issue. How can food be the enemy? I’m looking forward to him telling me how it makes him feel one day.