Food Therapy for Sensory Processing Disorder

I can’t eat!”


“I don’t know it tastes funny.”

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 sunglasses 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 eat 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.

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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 practice of.

One thing is for certain… My SPD kid needs to eat and anyway if I can get him to do that it’s better than nothing. So suggestions are always appreciated.

Chime in below. Let me know what your ideas are to help.


  1. Hollie April 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Let food be my medicine.

  2. Emily March 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Sounds so much like my monkey!!! I have a 4 year old with SPD (almost 5). We are also in the Fraser valley. Chilliwack /Langley. I just stumbled across your blog while looking up spd information.

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author March 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Hi Emily – WELCOME! Glad you found us. So young eh, always amazes me that our children can be diagnosed so early on but I'm grateful they can. Yeah you live close… hope all is well with your family and thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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