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The Better Behavior Show with Dr. Nicole Beurkens

Feb 24, 2021

My guest this week is Melanie Potock, an international speaker on the topic of feeding babies, toddlers, and school-age kids. She is the co-author of the award-winning Raising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating. The tips in her parent and child cookbook, Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes, are based on the latest research and Melanie’s 20 years of success as a pediatric feeding therapist. Melanie’s children’s book You are Not an Otter takes preschoolers on a food adventure, exploring all the ways that various animals eat! Melanie’s advice has been shared in a variety of television and print media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post,, and Parents Magazine. 

In this episode, Melanie and I discuss key strategies for families with picky eaters. By working to build skill and ability around food, Melanie helps bring joy back into mealtimes for families struggling with severe picky eaters. Utilizing research-backed practices, Melanie walks parents through identifying whether professional intervention is necessary and the steps to take that yield real results for their family. Often children who suffer from severe eating problems experience heightened anxiety and hesitancy around food that can affect their personal and social development regardless of whether they have a pre-existing developmental disorder.

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