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.
This is the best feeding course I have ever been to. So many treatment suggestions!
We made it almost through the first segment and had many “Aha!” moments. Very helpful at getting my husband on board as well.
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.
My son’s extremely restricted diet has been one of the most challenging behaviors. When we started working with Mel, I was awed by her ability to handle his oral sensitivity issues and a serious resistance to change. She respects his fears and recognizes his abilities. Every time she breaks through one of his defenses, I gain that much more hope for his nutritional health.
I love the idea of them being accountable for their school lunches. I plan on making a board for them to choose the food to put in their lunches :)There were so many great takeaways from this course for our whole family and I’ve already referred other parents and our OT to the book and website.
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.
“Melanie has been an invaluable advisor to our company from the beginning. Her expert guidance ensures that the information we’re pushing out to parents is accurate and the products we’re developing are grounded in the physiological science of child development.“
“I am so thankful to have come into contact with Melanie Potock. Her skill at working with special needs children who need help learning to feed themselves is evident from any video or tip she shares. She is able to easily pick out products that are appropriate for individual children based on precisely what they need.”
I started with it for assistance with my toddler who has struggled with feeding issues since birth, and although I found it very helpful for supporting her, I appreciated how it also pertained to my older daughter and really, healthy eating habits and mealtimes for our entire family.