Book Review: Raising a Healthy Happy Eater

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“Dr. Nimali Fernando and feeding therapist Melanie Potock help parents navigate the journey of child feeding, eating, drinking, nutrition, and related topics from birth to the school cafeteria. Their book is a proactive approach for the prevention and/or resolution of many health issues (e.g., reflux, constipation, obesity, etc.) and related concerns (e.g., long-term thumb and pacifier use, picky eating, poor self-esteem, anxiety, etc.). Fernando and Potock explain development to parents using real-life examples and provide parents with loads of practical advice for every childhood age and stage. The book is parent and reader-friendly while providing a balance of developmental and behavioral information. It also considers the whole child as well as the parent-child partnership needed for healthy feeding, eating, drinking, and nutrition.”    —Diane Bahr, CCC-SLP,CIMI, author of Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development

“The unique perspectives of both authors-a physician dedicated to pediatric eating habits and a speech language pathologist specializing in safe feeding and swallowing -fill this book with multidimensional, helpful information for getting children to eat more healthily and safely. After reading this book you will sharpen your skills in parenting mindfully, feeding confidently, and avoiding picky eating! This book is also ideal for speech language pathology and occupational therapy students hoping to one day become feeding specialists! I highly recommend this book!”   -Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP

“This is hands-down the best book available on how to help kids become courageous eaters. Melanie Potock and Dr. Nimali Fernando provide a clear, practical, easy-to-follow roadmap to guide parents through this often bumpy developmental journey—including the best way to position an infant for feeding, transition to solid foods, get rid of the pacifier and thumb sucking, and get kids to try new foods even those with extremely limited food repertoires. From soup to nuts, this is a superb resource for new parents who want to set up their babies’ lifelong eating habits the best way possible as well as for parents of older children dealing with picky eating and food-related battles.”    —Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L, pediatric occupational therapist, author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens, and coauthor of Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Guide to Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues.

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