It happened: You killed it at work today and got out of there right on time. So on time that your commute was a breeze, you made it to the grocery store ahead of the crowds and now you finally have the hour you need to whip up that honey-mustard chicken bake you’ve had your eye on for weeks. You’re feeling pretty darn Super Mom about your day until your child makes that face you’re way too familiar with and—plop—dinner is on the floor. Fantastic.
Normal? Probably. But if your kid is doing this and having trouble eating almost daily, or if she’s regularly vomiting up her meals or averse to very specific textures, she might be a candidate for what’s known as “feeding therapy,” a form of physical therapy that encourages kids to broaden their food consumption in the name of health and happiness. We asked occupational therapist Chaye Lamm Warburg, founder of the New Jersey-based practice Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services, to break it all down.