About





Welcome to Your Kid's Table, I'm Alisha Grogan, mom and pediatric occupational therapist.  I started this blog to share the knowledge I have about feeding kids and sensory play (both specialties of an occupational therapist). My friends and the families I work with often ask me the same questions: "How do you make your own baby food?  How can I get my picky eater to eat more?, or "When and how do I introduce a straw?"  The blog is here to answer all those questions and more. 


At Your Kid's Table you will find the things I do at my kid's table, both at work and at home, so that you can try some of these ideas at your kid's table.  Everything I share on this site is something I have tried as a therapist and as a mom!  You will find some of my favorite recipes, strategies to improve eating, tools to teach your baby/toddler beginner feeding skills, nutritional tips, and ways to incorporate sensory play into your day! 


My sincere hope and prayer is that this blog will provide parents, caregivers, and professionals working with children, information to help them improve their kid's eating/feeding skills.   This information could benefit a "picky eater" as well as expanding variety or quantity for a well-rounded eater.  


I have been a pediatric occupational therapist since 2004, after graduating from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy.  I specialize in feeding and sensory-based therapies, and of course, fine-motor development.  So, what does that mean? Well, basically, I help kids (and their families) with feeding difficulties, learn to eat better, and do lots of fun sensory activities (i.e. jumping on trampolines, finger painting, and digging in large bins of bird seed, etc.).  Over the years I have become particularly passionate about feeding children, as I have primarily treated children for issues in this area.  I have taken a variety of continuing education courses on children's feeding skills and have worked with numerous frustrated families that just want their kid to eat better.  

I see many parents struggling everyday and want to share the things I have learned as a parent and therapist to help you feed your kid, as well as give them rich sensory play experiences. I have worked mostly with children ages 0-3, but have experience with kids up to age 21.  Now, I have two precious bambinos of my own, Sam (born in 2009) and Isaac (born in 2011).  I was a practicing OT long before motherhood, but since having kids I have been able to live and truly implement the strategies I have used in people's home's for years.  It is has been a joy- and relief- to see the feeding and sensory therapy really working on a daily basis in my own home.

Lastly, and most importantly I am a Christian.  I am extremely thankful for to God for the many blessings in my life, including Your Kid's Table.


Don't know where to start?  Check out my Basic Strategies to Improve Eating and Sensory Basics.



What is an Occupational Therapist?


Occupational therapists (OT's) work in a large variety of settings with individuals across the lifespan to help them improve their daily living skills (eating, dressing, etc.)  They often work alongside other rehabilitative professionals such as physical therapists and speech therapists, professions people are generally more familiar with.  OT's  that work in a pediatric setting, such as myself, often help children improve their their fine-motor skills, feeding skills, and sensory processing.  I actually go into people's home's and provide therapy, but you will also find OT's in schools, hospitals, and outpatient facilities to name a few.  


Feeding Programs/Continuing Education



Not to get too technical here, but a lot of the therapeutic techniques that I personally utilize with my own children and the kids I work with, are based on the S.O.S. (Sensory, Oral, Sequential) Approach to Feeding  and Talk Tools.   Generally speaking, S.O.S. employs a child directed approach with a hierarchy of steps to get your child more comfortable with foods. Talk tools focuses on oral motor skills (how your mouth/jaw/tongue muscles work) through specific activities and exercises. If you are a parent or therapist interested in educating yourself further in these approaches, courses are offered around the country, and yes I would recommend them both.  Talk tools also has a variety of courses you can purchase on DVD.  There are a variety of other approaches therapists utilize that may offer different or contrary philosophies related to feeding kids/toddlers/babies.



*Everything on this blog is for informational purposes only.  The information on this website is intended to help parents improve a child's eating in a general way, not specifically.  If you have serious concerns about your child's nutrition, caloric intake, safety while eating, variety or quantity of food, I strongly encourage you to discuss it with your child's doctor.  There are a large variety of specific therapeutic techniques that your kid may benefit from, that will not be discussed on this website, or that may contraindicate the tips and information I am providing on this website.  Feeding can be a very serious issue that may require individual and specific recommendations for your child.  Consultation services are available here, if you are interested. Please feel free to email me (YourKidsTable@gmail.com) with information on consultation, thoughts, or suggestions.