ARFID Course Information

ARFID: The Anxious Eater (Live In-Person)

Small groups that dive deep into the topics that matter

ARFID: The Anxious Eater

With Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP

Coach Mel’s  Masterclasses are your opportunity to dive deep into a hot topic in pediatric feeding. More than just a PowerPoint presentation, this is in-person learning that takes it up a notch.

What you will learn:

You will walk away with a rich understanding of the steps it takes to take kids from anxious to adventurous, including:

  • How anxiety hinders a child’s ability to try new foods
  • Why kids get stuck “just licking” or “just kissing” a new food and can’t make progress from there
  • Strategies to help the hesitant eater take a bite
  • Specific techniques to help the anxious eater manage anxiety
  • The relationship between parental anxiety and a child’s anxious behaviors
  • The research behind Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Who should attend?

Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dietitians, Pediatricians and other health professionals; Parents, teachers and family members of extreme picky eaters.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Presenter Bio:

Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, is an international speaker on the topic of feeding babies to teens. She is the co-author of the award-winning Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater and author of Responsive Feeding plus four more books for both parents & children. Melanie’s advice has been shared in a variety of television and print media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Parents Magazine.  Contact her at


Financial: Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is the author of Adventures in VeggielandHelp Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes.  Ms. Potock is the co-author of Raising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating, for which she receives royalty payments.  Her children’s book, You are Not an Otter, also produces royalties. Melanie is the executive producer of the children’s music CD titled Dancing in the Kitchen and profits from song purchases.  Ms. Potock owns My Munch Bug, LLC and the online educational courses and profits from registrations online.  Ms. Potock is an international speaker who presents a variety of courses and is paid to present these courses at various events.  She owns a therapy practice for the assessment and treatment of feeding challenges in children and is paid for that service. She may receive a stipend for some articles that may appear online or in magazines.

Non-financial: Melanie Potock is a past-contributor to the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s blog, The ASHA Leader, and she was not compensated.   She may not receive a stipend for some articles that appear online or in magazines and this varies month to month, depending on media needs.  She is the co-author of Doctor Yum’s Preschool Food Adventure, a preschool food education curriculum and does not receive compensation for her role supporting that program.

Melanie Potock

ASHA CEUs provided through TalkTools®️.

This course is offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Special Needs Request: If you require specific accommodations because of a disability, please email at least 10 calendar days before the workshop date so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

Cancellation: Registrants may cancel their registration up to 7 days before the course start date to receive a 75% refund. No-shows or cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the course are non-refundable, but can be rescheduled for a future course date or transferred to another participant with written request and subject to availability at no additional charge.  Super Early Bird pricing is non-refundable. My Munch Bug LLC reserves the right to cancel any course at any time. My Munch Bug LLC is not responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants (i.e. non-refundable travel arrangements).