Adding Fuel to the Fire

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

When you have a child with a feeding problem, it can be very difficult to find people who understand how tough it is, and how pervasive the fear and pressure can be. It is tempting to talk about the problem … Read More

Sous Chef for Valentine’s Day: How Your Tube-Fed Child Can Help!

Often times, parents of tube-fed children report that it is difficult for their child to participate in holidays that have delicious treats such as Valentine’s Day or Halloween. Yes, of course, Valentine’s Day is full of yummy chocolate and candies, … Read More

The History of My Eating

By: Evie Morse, Age 11, Feeding Superstar Most kids can quickly be born and start eating grown up foods, but not me! My mom was very sick. The doctor demanded that she should have me now, and she’d survive. It … Read More

Good Reads for January

Virginia Sole-Smith, author of the Eating Instinct and contributing editor for Parents Magazine is the author of both of our recommended reads for January! The Eating Instinct: Virginia Sole-Smith recently published her book, The Eating Instinct, where she talks about the focus on food … Read More

Why Kids SHOULD Play With Their Food

Play is the way kids learn. We know that linking play and experience helps to build the brain. Positive experiences with food allows the senses to acclimate to the touch, feel, smell, or sight of whatever they are experiencing. Independent … Read More

How to Choose a Tube Weaning Program

After the medical challenges that made a feeding tube necessary have been treated, many parents are left with the daunting task of weaning their child from tube use.  However, if you haven’t been successful in working existing medical teams, it is wise to seek the assistance … Read More

The Thrive Team at the 2018 ASHA Convention

The Thrive team presented at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association National conference this past weekend. The presentation focused on the three main areas of our home-based feeding therapy approach: self-regulation, the division of responsibility, and importance of family mealtimes. … 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

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 Spectrum Pediatrics, we believe that tube-fed kids need to learn to eat in the same safe way that other … Read More