A Conversation with Child Feeding Expert, Jennifer Berry
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This week, Anna Lutz and Elizabeth Davenport are joined by Jennifer Berry, an occupational therapist and feeding specialist, to talk about responsive feeding and helping children and caregivers build a healthy feeding relationship by trusting their internal cues and motivation.

We discuss: 

  • How does responsive feeding differ from other approaches to feeding difficulties.
  • Responsive feeding therapy for children with special needs.
  • Concerns surrounding a child's ability to recognize hunger and fullness cues.
  • Important things parents and professionals may not already know about extreme picky eating
  • How building a positive relationship with food depends upon a child tuning into internal trust and motivation, rather than external cues.

Jennifer Berry is an occupational therapist and feeding specialist with Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics. Jennifer has more than 2 decades of experience helping children overcome challenges they face when it comes to eating. Using her extensive knowledge of learning, sensory processing, attachment, and motor skill development, Jennifer facilitates children's abilities to trust, understand and relate to food now and long into the future. Coaching parents into confidence around feeding their kids and family mealtimes brings her great joy and impactful results to the families she serves. Jennifer supports families virtually and in-person through family mealtime coaching, remote responsive feeding therapy, and the Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics Feeding Tube Weaning Program.

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