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Oranges Are Not the Enemy

Photo of Maddie at Feeding Therapy

Speech Language Pathologist, Debra Jablonski, worked with Maddie weekly for three months, and helped her address her reservations about eating certain foods, or even being near them. She helped Maddie desensitize herself to oranges by slowly progressing from being in the same room, to poking the fruit with a toothpick, then touching it with a finger, and eventually to her tongue. This process took about six weeks. Maddie realized that she actually liked the taste of oranges, and now eats them on a regular basis. “Enough exposure to a food they dislike will cause the body to remediate that process of fighting it,” Debra said, “but the key is allowing the child to be in control of the situation, to create a positive experience with food.” 

Maddie now brags about all the new foods she’s been eating. Brave enough to eat shrimp (and actually enjoy it!) she’s willing and confident enough to give almost any food a try. She’s even helping her parents prepare meals in the kitchen, taking part-ownership of the process. “She used to get tense around food. Now she’s way more relaxed and open to trying new things,” Mari shared. “It’s been such a relief to our family.” 

Innovative’s Pediatric Therapy program provides an array of services including Speech, Occupational, Physical, and Specialty Therapies. We offer services to children who have developmental delays or disabilities as well as other diagnosed conditions. Click here to learn more.

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