Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is a mom who once had a picky eater. She’s experienced first-hand the stress that parents feel when they are worried about their child’s nutritional health. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find Melanie blending her knowledge of feeding therapy with practical parenting strategies that help the entire family eat healthier. She’s an international speaker and author of three books, including co-authoring the award-winning Raising a Healthy Happy Eater. Whether your raising a child who seems to be on the path to loving all kinds of healthy foods (and you want to keep it that way!) or you are seeking help for picky eater to enjoying more than chicken nuggets and fries, “Coach Mel” is here to guide you.
Parents of kids who are challenged by extreme picky eating, often limiting their diet to just a few foods, need one-on-one therapy with a specialist. Be sure to ask your speech language pathologist or occupational therapist if they’ve taken Melanie’s courses in feeding therapy. If not, please encourage them to visit the events page, where you’ll find courses for parents, too. Don't miss the on-demand video course coming in January 2017.
Melanie changed our lives. In one year our son has gone from being spoon fed and frequently gagging to now eating our everyday food and enjoying one of the most significant parts of life. Our mealtimes are now what we had always imagined – all of us eating around the table, enjoying our meal and sharing our daily activities. No longer will our family meals be a time consuming and frustrating task. Most of all our son is happy and enjoying food for the first time in his life. We couldn’t have done it without Melanie’s loving care.
I love the way the course was broken up into “bite sized” segments for each topic. The course was easy to navigate and the different video styles kept me engaged. I could really see the passion Coach Mel and Dr. Yum have for helping children develop healthy, happy eating habits. In just 2 weeks I’m already seeing changes in my son’s eating. He is excited for meal time and is trying new foods finally!
I really appreciated that Melanie took the time to answer all of our questions about “our kids”. Melanie provided great practical ideas that we can use in therapy right away. She has a wonderful sense of humor and keeps the audience engaged.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the time to come and work with my daughter yesterday! You do important and great work- thank you! My daughter is confident that if she keeps practicing, she’ll be done with this aversion entirely. I felt like the Mary Poppins of Eating blew in yesterday!”
I wish I could have learned these things before we took them home from the hospital, but instead I was puzzled for weeks why feeding them was so hard. I thought since they BOTH screamed and arched and were bad at breastfeeding, that was normal. I saw several IBCLCs and a SLP before getting a diagnosis. This is the kind of stuff moms aren’t born knowing and I’m happy to have learned tricks that will help us. The later modules were also helpful to watch, as I know I’ll be using many of the tips offered when we get to that point in their lives.
Love this! Lots of great examples, real-life solutions, and practical applicable solutions for feeding. THANK YOU!
How grateful I am to have found the food whisperer…and her name is Melanie.
Mel is energetic and fun…excellent course and excellent content…highly recommend to anyone working with kids who have sensory/medical/behavioral challenges.
What a great course. I learned more than I thought I would and about things I never even paid much attention too,.. Like baby spoons! I got some great tips and ideas to try with my little one who is almost two but is just learning about food.
I liked the specific recommendations on things to try: many very feasible & were demonstrated clearly. I wish I had learned some of this while he was in the nice, as I would have been better prepared to support positive feeding–as it is much more than just smiling… Hopefully other parents can get similar info earlier.