Intervening with Pediatric Feeding Disorders:
Extreme food selectivity, extreme picky eating, special needs

Step 5: Consider coaching from ESI faculty members

ESI faculty members
do coaching with established feeding problems, either with professionals or with parents directly. This coaching costs $100 per hour, and will help you properly apply sDOR as well as remain consistent and firm while your child’s eating attitudes and behaviors ever-so-gradually improve. When you have done your reading, thinking, and experimenting, coaching is likely to take between 5 and 10 hours. Because we have found parents get better support when they have in-person help, we prefer to coach professionals who, in turn, work with parents. But professionals who understand and properly apply the division of responsibility in feeding are currently a select group, so you may need our help. Whether you are a parent or professional, here is what you need to do to prepare yourself for a consultation.

  • Study one of Ellyn Satter’s books. Child of Mine is best for children through preschool. Your Child’s Weight is best for school-age children and adolescents.
  • Be clear about your goal: It is raising a healthy child who is a joy to feed. It is not getting your child to eat.
  • Follow the recommendations in “The picky eater” and “Avoid pressure.”
  • Give it some time. You can probably do this on your own.
  • Pay attention to what works and what doesn’t.  Adjust. Try again. Adjust again. Ask for help if and when you get stuck.

Join Ellyn Satter on Facebook

Sign up for the ESI mailing list

Say thanks for this great information by making a donation to ESI!

©2016 by Ellyn Satter published at You may reproduce this article if you don't charge for it or change it in any way and if you do include the for more about and copyright statements.