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The Picky Eater Course

The Only Course Taught by a
Pediatrician & an SLP/Feeding Specialist

This 5 hour course is broken up into bite-sized pieces so you can watch at your own pace over the purchased viewing period.  Please note that the viewing period begins the day of registration. Parent Proactively – Get started today!

Course Presenters

Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLPis an international speaker on the topic of feeding babies, toddlers and school age kids. She is the co-author of the award-winning Raising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating (2015) and Baby Self-Feeding: Solutions for Introducing Purees and Solids to Create Lifelong Healthy Eating Habits (2016). The tips in cookbook for parents & kids, Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes (2018) are based on the latest research and Melanie’s 20 years of success as a pediatric feeding therapist. Melanie’s children’s book You are Not an Otter takes preschoolers on a food adventure, exploring all the ways that various animals eat! Melanie’s advice has been shared in a variety of television and print media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal CNN.com and Parents Magazine. 

Dr. Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH is a pediatrician practicing in Fredericksburg, VA and founder of the website doctoryum.org and The Doctor Yum Project. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh school of Medicine and School of Public Health with an M.D. and Masters in Public Health. She completed residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center Houston and served there for two years as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Pediatrics. In 2005 she and her husband, also a physician, moved their family back east to Fredericksburg, Virginia. In 2014 she opened Yum Pediatrics, a full service general pediatrics practice with a focus on wellness and prevention through a healthy diet. Yum Pediatrics shares a large teaching kitchen and teaching garden with The Doctor Yum Project.

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    • Single registration for one viewer

Refunds, Extensions, and Cancellation Policy
Paid registration is valid for the specified period. No refunds are provided once the consumer has registered for the course.

Module One: How Feeding Challenges Develop – 100 minutes
Learning to eat a variety of foods isn’t always easy for kids. We’ll walk you through Coach Mel’s Stacking Model, which we’ll use for the foundation for this course. Learn about commonly missed physiological & sensory challenges plus important motor skills vital to becoming an adventurous eater. There is a root cause for picky eating and there are solutions!

Module Two: Babies – 31 minutes
Make sure that babies have a joyful feeding experience right from the start! From pacifiers to purees, we’ll share the pros and cons! How about spoons – do you know the correct way to use it and which one is best for each stage of baby’s development? There’s so much more to learn. In fact, the Baby Module has much more content served up in short lessons to make it manageable and fun

Module Three: Toddlers – 112 minutes
Oh, the terrific (and troublesome) toddler stage! We have some surprising information for you – and just as many tips to make this stage in your kiddos’ journey a bit less bumpy if you have a picky eater.

Module Four: School Age – 21 minutes
Kids ages 3 to 6 are exposed to so many influences outside the home – and that includes unhealthy food choices. If you have a picky eater, it can add to your concern that they are not getting enough nutrients throughout the day. We’ll share practical tips to help both you and your child learn to try new foods, even at school.

Module Five: Strategies for the Whole Family – 26 minutes
Involving the whole family helps even the most selective eaters become more adventurous over time. Learn specific strategies to develop a hunger schedule by marking the beginning and end of the meal. We’ll talk about the important difference between snack times vs. mealtimes. Dr. Yum explains how to find time to provide healthy meals for your family. We’ll share tips on how to present new foods to the entire family, even if it’s a new food. Coach Mel explains how to play The Vegetable Game during family mealtimes – it’s fun for toddlers, preschoolers, school age kids and parents too! We’ll also show you how to cook one meal and adapt it just slightly for babies, toddlers or your hesitant eater.

Module Six: Hesitant Eater or Something Else – 10 minutes
Sometimes picky eating is more serious than parents realize. We’ll share the red flags that will alert you to speak to your child’s doctor and where to seek support.