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Toddler Anxiety at Mealtime

Family mealtime can provide children a sense of comfort. But what if a toddler is anxious about mealtime and refuses to come to the table? Or, worse, refuses to eat? Here are some insights and tips to help a child with mealtime anxiety.Feelings: Sometimes a toddler doesn’t have problems with eating, it’s their feelings about food that causes hesitation at mealtime. [...]

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International Day of Families

Happy International Day of Families! This day was created to raise awareness of the role families play in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities. To celebrate, we are highlighting creative ideas to get a full day of quality family time.Family Mealtime: Parents, grandparents and siblings can all play an important role as caregivers in a family unit. [...]

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Cinco De Mayo Inspiration

Cinco de Mayo is on a Saturday this year and we are setting the stage for a ‘food fun’ weekend for you and your kids. Give these kid-friendly festive treats a try this week!Avocado Dip: This avocado dip is my family recipe, and it came about when we were living overseas and didn’t have access to cilantro or jalapenos. [...]

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Sensory Properties of Silicone Help Children with Autism (Part 2)

Searching for sensory-based feeding products that encourage a child with autism to try new foods can be overwhelming for a parent or feeding therapist. Luckily, silicone is one of the best sensory materials out there, and using dishware made from silicone can be a game changer at mealtime! In Part 1 of our blog series, we discussed how silicone is [...]

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Sensory Properties of Silicone Help Children with Autism (Part 1)

Finding feeding products that engage a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be challenging. But if you are aware of their unique sensory needs, picking the right product can make the difference between eating and outright food refusal. Here are a few ideas that may encourage you to give silicone a try!Silicone + Sound: Many children on the autism [...]

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Sensory Tools for Children with Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects a child in varying degrees. Generally, these children tend to have more feeding and sensory challenges than their peers. Since I specialize in autism and feeding challenges, I thought I would highlight my favorite sensory brands and explain how to use them at mealtime. And it's perfect timing since April [...]

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Easter Basket (No Candy) Ideas

Are you looking for an Easter basket idea that the kids will love (minus all the candy, sugar and chocolate)? We’ve got you covered! Here are a few Easter basket ideas and easy-to-plan activities that will keep the kids happy and busy this holiday.Sensory Basket: Sensory fidgets are a tool that can help keep kids calm and focused. Fidgets can [...]

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Frozen Foods for Picky Eaters

March is National Frozen Foods Month, and on this blog I want to discuss the benefits of buying frozen foods for your family, especially for your picky eater!Texture: A successful meal with a toddler starts with the texture of the foods presented. If your child has difficulties with the sensory aspect of warm or hot foods, you can [...]

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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

You can wear the color green for more than St. Patty’s day this month; green is the color for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month too! Help team ezpz spread education and awareness by learning about cerebral palsy (CP) and the feeding challenges these children may have.Physical Challenges: Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects the movements of the body, particularly the limbs. [...]

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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are becoming more prevalent in the pediatric population, and being aware of the different diagnoses and treatment options can help parents get the support they need. This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which is an international event to help fight the myths that surround eating disorders. Here are a few tips to help educate families [...]

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