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.
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 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.
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.
Very informative and insightful.
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!”
Given the miracles I’ve seen her work with my son…
I am pretty sure she has a magic wand in her bag.
“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.
Melanie has been an amazing expert on feeding for children with special needs. When we first approached Melanie on our product FunBites she was eager to use it and understand its application. She knows what products work best with kids, how to use them and even creates posts, videos and present in courses her ideas. She has been a true asset to the FunBites team. We love forward to working with Melanie for years to come on existing and new products in our portfolio. Her advice and support is beyond compare.
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.