Is It My Job to Make My Child Eat?

No, that is not your job. Yes, children and parents both have their own roles to play during mealtimes, but parents often get caught up in the idea that their job is to make sure their child eats what is … Read More

Feeding Tube to Family Table: How does that work?

Did you ever wonder why feeding therapy doesn’t look anything like the meals you hope to have?  We did too!  At Thrive, we believe that tube-fed kids need to learn to eat in the same safe way that other kids … Read More

ONE Thing You Can Do TODAY To Help Your Kids Become Healthy Eaters

Less. That’s right. Less. In today’s food-obsessed culture we often do too many well-meaning things to get our children to eat well instead of getting out of their way and letting them learn to eat well and enjoy food in the … Read More

A BETTER WAY THAN “POTATO PAY”: Why Bribery at Mealtimes is a Terrible Idea

By: Heidi Liefer Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC

We are writing in response to the Ore-Ida “potato pay” ad campaign, in which they coach parents on how and how much to reward kids with French fries for eating their vegetables.  I am sure they mean well, and it … Read More

Feeding Friday: Tube-Free Superstar Rusty

Rusty was born full term, yet had many complications during his hospital stay such as noisy breathing, poor feeding, and poor growth. Rusty was initially breast fed, but due to difficulty with weight gain, Rusty received an NG tube for … Read More

Spectrum Pediatrics featured in The New York Times Magazine

Spectrum Pediatrics is honored to announce that our Feeding Tube Weaning Program was recently featured in the New York Times Magazine.  Virginia Sole-Smith wrote a deeply personal article entitled, “When Your Baby Won’t Eat.”  She bravely shares her family’s journey … Read More

Feeding Friday: Family Mealtimes

According to the Family Dinner Project, which is a nonprofit organization operating from the offices of Project Zero at Harvard University, there are a number of benefits to having a family mealtime. Research indicates that children and adolescents who are … Read More

What does “Responsive Feeding” Really Mean?

By: Heidi Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC

Responsive Feeding: Mealtime guidance that depends upon the feeder’s ability to read the eater’s cues in order to make the meal manageable, enjoyable and successful for the eater, without giving up developmentally appropriate structure and expectations. The mealtime relationship is extremely … Read More

A Family Mealtime Coach: How can we help?

By: Heidi Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC

We all want our kids to be the best that they can be.  In fact, many families hire coaches to pump up their kids’ soccer game, to improve their free throw shot, or to work on their ballet positions.  But … Read More

Happy Mealtimes and Healthy Eaters: Four Things Every Parent Should Know

“Isn’t my job to make them eat healthy?”: It is often forgotten that children and parents both have their own roles to play during mealtimes. Ellyn Satter describes the Division of Responsibility (sDOR), which breaks down the different roles between … Read More