I’m Alisha Grogan, a licensed pediatric occupational therapist with over 14 years of experience and a mom to three boys. I started Your Kid’s Table to share all the important stuff about feeding our kids that nobody tells parents! But, I also wanted parents to understand why their kids did strange, frustrating, or confusing things because of their sensory processing. Another critical aspect to development that most parents aren’t ever informed on. Feeding and sensory are huge aspects of our
- The Must-Have Blueprint to Squash Picky Eating Without Any Nagging
- Does Your Child have a Sensory Sensitivity? How to Help Them
- Common Mistakes Parents Make Feeding Their Child
- 60 Printable Sensory Diet Cards for Kids to Thrive
- The Greatest Toddler Breakfast Ideas, Easy + Healthy
- How to Handle a Hyperactive Child without Losing Your Mind
Alisha began her career at Lynne Isreal and Associates in Washington D.C. As an OT in this private practice, she had the opportunity to work at a progressive and innovative therapy based summer sensory camp, provide outpatient occupational therapy, and treat directly in the school setting.
Throughout these various settings, Alisha has worked with children from birth through 21 years old.
Alisha has also completed a variety of continuing education courses on children’s feeding skills and sensory processing. In part, those courses have shaped her clinical approach and strategies. Some of the information you find here is based on her exprience using those strategies. Alisha particularly loves and recommends the S.O.S. (Sensory, Oral, Sequential) Approach to Feeding and Talk Tools.
*Alisha is licesensed as an occupational therapist in the state of Pennsylvania and nationally certified by the National Board Certification of Occupational Therapist (NBCOT).
And more from my features on:
The American Journal of Occupational Therapy’s OT Practice Magazine
“Mealtimes used to be a struggle before. I cannot even describe how big. When I started the program he would refuse to sit on his highchair unless I would let him have the iPhone. He now asks to be seated.”Rebekkah
I have always desired to give parents real help and solutions to all things feeding and sensory from my unique point of view as a mom and OT. I have seen it all when it comes to eating and sensory processing. Hundreds of families welcomed me into their homes to help. I sat on their floors, around their kitchen tables, or answered their questions from all over the world inside my programs. All to help them overcome challenges that seemed impossible. Maybe even more importantly, I have experienced these same challenges first hand in my own home, with my kids. I get how hard it is to have dinner on the table or to have a baby that refuses food or a child that won’t wear jeans. I GET IT!
I’m passionate about educating parents and providing them with resources that really help them help their own children because the lack of resources is staggering.
I believe that every parent can feel confident about meeting their child’s feeding milestones like learning to eat table foods, drinking from a straw, and using a spoon.
I also believe that all parents can enjoy family meals and manage picky eating in a way that is stress-free.
And, I believe that sensory processing doesn’t have to be complicated and confusing, but instead can be understood and applied to help a wider variety of children than many realize.
Of course, I know this is only possible with education, and that is the drive behind Your Kid’s Table. I desperately want to teach parents just like you, so that we can begin to make a real change about how parents help their children eat and engage in sensory activities.
That’s not too much to ask, is it? I hope not, because it’s time!
“The number of meals we can all eat happily together has increased HUGELY!Katharine
A LITTLE ABOUT ME…
Jeans are my thing, I’m pretty cranky if I have to wear anything else, unless it’s a humid day in Pittsburgh, where I was born, raised and still live.
I’m a Trader Joe’s groupie and love a good deal.
My friends will tell you that I like to talk. A lot. And in detail… Has that come across here?
My husband is pretty awesome in
My boys, Sam, Isaac, and James inspire me and make it hard to find time to read, which I love to do, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!