Welcome to Your Kid’s Table, I’m Alisha Grogan, mom and pediatric occupational therapist. I started this blog to share the knowledge I have about feeding kids and sensory play (both specialties of an occupational therapist). My friends and the families I work with often ask me the same questions: “How do you make your own baby food? How can I get my picky eater to eat more?, or “When and how do I introduce a straw?” The blog is here to answer all those questions and more.
At Your Kid’s Table you will find the things I do at my kid’s table, both at work and at home, so that you can try some of these ideas at your kid’s table. Everything I share on this site is something I have tried as a therapist and as a mom! You will find some of my favorite recipes, strategies to improve eating, tools to teach your baby/toddler beginner feeding skills, nutritional tips, and ways to incorporate sensory play into your day!
My sincere hope and prayer is that this blog will provide parents, caregivers, and professionals working with children, information to help them improve their kid’s eating/feeding skills. This information could benefit a “picky eater” as well as expanding variety or quantity for a well-rounded eater.
I have been a pediatric occupational therapist since 2004, after graduating from
Lastly, and most importantly I am a Christian. I am extremely thankful to God for the many blessings in my life, including Your Kid’s Table.
What is an Occupational Therapist?
Occupational therapists (OT’s) work in a large variety of settings with individuals across the lifespan to help them improve their daily living skills (eating, dressing, etc.) They often work alongside other rehabilitative professionals such as physical therapists and speech therapists, professions people are generally more familiar with. OT’s that work in a pediatric setting, such as myself, often help children improve their their fine-motor skills, feeding skills, and sensory processing. I actually go into people’s home’s and provide therapy, but you will also find OT’s in schools, hospitals, and outpatient facilities to name a few.
Feeding Programs/Continuing Education
Not to get too technical here, but a lot of the therapeutic techniques that I personally utilize with my own children and the kids I work with, are based on the S.O.S. (Sensory, Oral, Sequential) Approach to Feeding and Talk Tools. Generally speaking, S.O.S. employs a child directed approach with a hierarchy of steps to get your child more comfortable with foods. Talk tools focuses on oral motor skills (how your mouth/jaw/tongue muscles work) through specific activities and exercises. If you are a parent or therapist interested in educating yourself further in these approaches, courses are offered around the country, and yes I would recommend them both. Talk tools also has a variety of courses you can purchase on DVD. There are a variety of other approaches therapists utilize that may offer different or contrary philosophies related to feeding kids/toddlers/babies.
Are you ready to get started reading about establishing good eating habits and/or sensory play? Start by checking out my Basic Strategies to Improve Eating and Sensory Basics.
*Everything on this blog is for informational purposes only. The information on this website is intended to help parents improve a child’s eating in a general way, not specifically. If you have serious concerns about your child’s nutrition, caloric intake, safety while eating, variety or quantity of food, I strongly encourage you to discuss it with your child’s doctor. There are a large variety of specific therapeutic techniques that your kid may benefit from, that will not be discussed on this website, or that may contraindicate the tips and information I am providing on this website. Feeding can be a very serious issue that may require individual and specific recommendations for your child. Consultation services are available here, if you are interested. Please feel free to email me ([email protected]) with information on consultation, thoughts, or suggestions.