My name is Jessica and my son's name is AJ. He is 3 years and 8 months old. I've posted here before about his language disorder. OK... I have read about how to get picky eaters to eat. I've read about getting an electric toothbrush to help with oral defensiveness. I have SUCH a picky eater. I've found a small variety of healthy foods, so I know he won't starve, but it just really bothers me. He's in speech and OT twice a week, and I pick him up as he's finishing lunch at his preschool. If they are having bologna sandwiches, he is only eating the bread and pulling out the meat and cheese. Today they were having chicken noodle soup, and his teacher had put peanut butter (the staple of his diet) on some saltines... probably so he wouldn't starve to death.
I mean, this dates back to when he was 5 WEEKS OLD!!!! I nursed him, but wanted to go back to college while I was off work. So I did what the books at the time said and waited until he was about 3-4 weeks old (I think they say 2 now) and tried giving him a bottle of breast milk. I tried it EVERY way. I tried his dad giving it to him, just about all his grandparents, I tried giving it to him myself. Then the last time I tried, I waited until he was hungry, gave his grandmother a bottle and left the room for something like 2 HOURS! Guess what??? He never drank it. He just cried the entire time. So I went to college online... and my breasts were his slaves for 9 months. Then I managed to get him on a sippy cup (still didn't want that bottle) and I think the only reason it worked was because my milk dried up
so that was the ONLY way he could get food and he knew it!
So, my question is... Is there any way to get him to eat something besides PB&Js, cheese and crackers, and applesauce. I'm really only exaggerating a little bit by saying that's all he eats! I mean, he'll eat pizza, but not homemade, and not if there's anything at all peculiar about the toppings, etc., etc. I just want him to enjoy eating someday! So any tricks would be appreciated!
I had/have one of those seriously picky eaters as well. She is much better now, but she still won't touch meat with a ten foot pole. She is a self-proclaimed vegetarian!
I also dedicated an entire newsletter to this very topic, which I think you will find extremely helpful! You can read that by clicking here... Resistant And Picky Eaters.
MANY tips and tricks, as well as basic explanations as to what may be going on.
I do have three additional excellent resources to suggest to you that may help: Just Take A Bite
(an AMAZING book...written by an OT and SLP together!)
Besides this, since your son is seeing an OT and an SLP, there is no reason THEY shouldn't be helping you address this issue!! I am wondering why they aren't. Are they only through the school?? Or are they private? I don't remember if you gave us that information on your other post. Has your son "officially" been diagnosed with SPD and/or oral defensiveness? Do they work on this at all? Have they tried the Wilbarger Oral Tactile Technique? Have they done anything to desensitize his mouth and help him better process oral input?
I do hope the resources I led you to help. Please talk to your OT and SLP about your concerns. If they don't address it... get another OT or SLP!