We always tell our parents that we don't work miracles. Instead we put into place long term, practical, family centred strategies that over time foster appropriate eating.
Do the families see progress? Absolutely. But not usually in the "miracle-esque" way.
At the weekend we worked with a lovely family based far, far away from the freezing wind and rain of Wellington. They had come to us concerned that their 5 y.o. had ARFID. And although not ticking those boxes he was indeed a very selective eater.
The more selective a child (and the older they are) the harder it is to achieve magic wand type results although this little boy had no underlying issues like ASD or sensory challenges which does make things simpler.
The first night the family implemented our strategies their son ate a food he hadn't touched for months. And he ate 3 new foods - one of them peas!! This in my book was a magical outcome and we can't wait to see what happens over the next few weeks.
Families who come to us with children who have limited but not super selective diets often do experience very quick and very dramatic turn-arounds though. It's not unusual to go from pasta to curries within 6 months ...
Whichever end of the feeding struggles spectrum you sit we can find a program to suit and to resolve those issues. Generally, all it takes is one intensive session to get things back on track. And if that's all it takes, why not?
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.