Hello, I am the mother of an almost 12 year old daughter. It has been a struggle ever since she moved from baby food to regular foods to get her to eat fruits or vegetables. Thankfully, she remains healthy so far, but I am concerned about her health long-term with her limited intake of nutritional foods. Mealtimes have always been a battle between trying to get her to try things and also not letting the situation monopolize family time. She absolutely will not try any fruits – not even apple sauce. Recently she tried a strawberry and just mulled it around in her mouth until she almost gagged and then spit it out. I have tried “sneaking” pureed veggies into her diet over the years, sometimes with success, but sometimes I’m found out because she has an acute awareness of new tastes and textures.
Long story short, I recently had her evaluated by a pediatrician, and after much questioning, he feels she has an oral sensory integration disorder (hypersensitivity) and has referred us to a speech therapist who specializes in this area. I understand that this may well be the case, but have very little data from others who may have experienced this same thing with a child. My husband is not on board at all with having her start therapy because he feels she is being stubborn and just needs to start eating. This has been going on for 9+ years and I don’t see her changing anytime soon without some help. Can you please give me some advice on how to best approach my husband? I need good, accurate data showing why this sort of therapy would help her now as well as into the future. I apologize for this lengthy story, but would appreciate any help/advice you can offer.
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