“I can’t eat!”
“Something is just holding me back. I don’t know what it is. I want to eat but just… can’t.”
This is the conversation I have with monkey lately concerning his eating habits… or lack of eating I should say. It started about two weeks ago. Food became a real challenge, no matter what I made, even things he has already eaten. Monkey just stopped eating. That’s when someone suggested to me Food Therapy.
It’s difficult as a parent of a child with SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) because in all honesty the disorder makes no sense to me. One minute the light doesn’t bother him, and the next he’s wearing his sun-glasses all day. One minute he’s able to eat roast beef dinner, carrots, mashed potatoes and gravy. And then the next he screaming at me he is starving and this food is crap!
So what does a parent do when it’s more than just picky eating?
Food Therapy can be done with the help of your pediatrician, occupational therapist or family doctor. It can be done at the hospital. Monkey has no actual doctor right now because ours retired. However I am going to contact Sunny Hill to see what they can do for him. He can’t keep going this way — not eating.
I need to address this issue of poor eating habits. Monkey is above average for his weight — so that is good. He just can’t eating the same things. His diet right now consists of chicken (sometimes), cereal (frosted flakes or golden grahams) spaghetti, raw veggies and dip, fruit snacks, peanut butter and toast. I’m running out of options.
It’s a known fact that kids with SPD require “brain foods” and monkey has some of these covered, like broccoli, one of his favorites. But he consistently craves junk-food (McDonald’s, Wendy’s) he’ll eat french fries, burgers, nuggets and yet if I make them at home — he doesn’t like the taste.
The key is patience. I am working through my guilt, my fears, my annoyance and lack of understanding with how this disorder plays itself out on a daily basis. Patience is something I’m in study for.
One thing is for certain… My SPD kid needs to eat and any way I can get him to do that is better than nothing. So suggestions are always appreciate.