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At Gritman Medical Center we work with you to develop a plan to address your child’s growth, nutrition, and oral motor and sensory skills to help them develop a life-long, healthy relationship with food and eating, all while staying close to home.
Our team of dedicated licensed therapists and dietitians are trained to address all areas of feeding, growth and nutrition. To ensure the success of your child, our team works and collaborates with many community partners and agencies, including area pediatricians and family medicine physicians; local daycares and school districts; and the Idaho Infant Toddler Program.
Ask your physician about our Pediatric Feeding Therapy program or call 208-883-1522 for more information.
Dietitian since 2012; focus on the pediatric population since 2018. Works with individuals and in a team approach.
Pediatric speech therapist for 20 years. Extensively trained in feeding and swallowing therapy.
Kalissa Van Houten figured she was doomed to a life of ordering mac and cheese minus the cheese every time she and her husband went to a restaurant with their son, Tyler.
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Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods so that your child gets the nutrients (such as protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, and minerals) he or she needs for normal growth. If your child regularly eats a wide variety of basic foods, he or she will be well-nourished. Read more
Poor eating habits may take different forms. Children may eat a very limited number of foods. They may refuse to eat entire groups of foods, such as vegetables. They may eat too many foods of poor nutritional quality, such as soft drinks, chips, and doughnuts. Or they may overeat. Read more
Many parents worry about how much their child eats, which can lead to power struggles. Most children self-correct eating and weight problems when the power struggle is taken out of their mealtimes.
The division of responsibility is a way of feeding your child that takes the battle out of meal times. Keeping this division of responsibility helps your child stay in touch with those internal cues. Read more
Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters. They may only eat a few foods, then abruptly refuse them. Toddlers also have rapidly changing appetites. Although toddlers grow steadily throughout their second year, their growth rates are less dramatic than during the first year, which often is reflected in how much they eat. Read more