Tatyana Elleseff MA CCC-SLP
to improve the feeding abilities of young adopted picky eaters
This article provides a variety of strategies parents
can attempt to implement to improve the diets of young adopted picky
eaters. It discusses the goal hierarchy for introducing new foods
into the childrens diets as well as covers important developmental
milestones pertaining to feeding skills and chewing abilities. It also
provides some online resources parents can access, in order to learn
more about typical feeding and chewing development patterns in young
It is an unfortunate fact that so many parents of
adopted children are too familiar with the problem of food selectivity.
Food selectivity, better known as picky eating is common
in many formerly institutionalized children. It often develops due to
numerous physical and sensory constraints associated with institutialization
(e.g. an orphanage may feed their wards a highly limited diet lacking
a variety of tastes and textures).
It is important to make a clear distinction between children
who are picky eaters due to serious impairment (e.g., autism, neurological
disorders, swallowing difficulties, etc) and children who were fed highly
limited diets before their adoption took place. In the case of neurological
impairment, picky eating will most likely not abate without intensive
feeding intervention (typically performed by speech language pathologists
who specialize in feeding and swallowing). However, in the case of picky
eating due to institutionalization there are a few strategies that parents
can try to work on improving their adopted childs food selectivity.
These strategies are intended to help parents figure out whether their
child is just unused to new tastes and textures or whether its
a more serious issue that merits professional consultation with a relevant
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Alla Gordina, MD, FAAP
problems in a newly adopted child - a case of a picky eater
Our 12 month old daughter
is the happiest little baby we've
ever met. ..However, she will hardly eat anything at all. The orphanage
told us she was a picky eater, but boy is that an understatement.
were expecting a child who wouldn't stop eating. Never dreamed we'd
be in this situation!
eating healthy and how anyone can become a healthy eater
Fast food is a big part of modern life these days,
making it very hard to teach a child how he or she should eat healthy.
The cheapest and easiest foods are those that are normally the least
healthy. If you give your child the choice between healthy food and
junk food, you normally won't like the results.