Sensory Stories # 47: How to get your toddler to try new food

Posted: 2 August, 2022

By: Annemarie Lombard

#47

Today we are talking about food again! Annemarie has worked with children with sensory issues for many years and in this video, she shares some tips for parents having difficulty getting their children to eat new foods.

The brain is a sensory processing machine relying on numerous messages to make sense of the world, and this is no different for toddlers and young children… particularly when they are trying new foods. Think about it – you’re at a new restaurant and someone puts food down in front of you that you don’t recognize. You don’t know what it is, it looks weird, you’ve never tasted it before … you’re not just going to go ahead and eat it. You’re going to ask questions first like what is it? How has it been prepared? What is it made of? How does it taste? After those questions you might try a little bit or you might choose not to try it at all! Try keep this in mind when you are introducing your toddler to something new.

Hopefully the video helps you understand this sensory insight and you find the tips useful. Let us know!

#foodlover #howto #sensory #sensoryprocessing #fussyeaters #neuroscience #childdevelopment

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👩🏼‍🎓 Annemarie has a PhD in Occupational Therapy, Health Sciences and continues to be fascinated by sensory processing and the impact it has on our lives. She works with a dynamic team and a group of licensed users of the Sensory Intelligence® tools. She has also written a book, “Sensory intelligence, why it matters more than IQ and EQ”, which you can buy here.

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