Your Kid's Table: Consulting Services

Consulting Services


 
"I feel like out chat gave us the confidence and encouragement to take the next step! We are very grateful we found you!" (Parent after consult)



 "...You are an absolute blessing in disguise... my husband and I cannot thank you enough, on what you have done to help our family and to give me much better knowledge on what to do and not to do with my next child. Thank you again so much. Please don't ever stop doing what you're doing because you are making a huge difference to people's lives." (Consult Customer)
Are you concerned or stressed about your kid's eating habits?  Are you wondering if they are meeting all of their feeding milestones, like using a spoon, drinking from a cup, and/or eating table foods? Do you think your child may have difficulty processing sensory input? These questions, among many others related to feeding and sensory processing can be answered through a private consultation with yours truly, Alisha Grogan MOTR/L, author and creator of Your Kid's Table.  

As a pediatric occupational therapist, I have specialized experience helping children with feeding and sensory processing difficulties.  As a mom I have put my therapeutic skills into action to help my kids overcome selective eating and difficulty transitioning to table foods- I have been there and know what it takes to see positive changes! See my About page for more information on my background, education, and work experience.

Consultation services are customized to your individual needs and will take place in the comfort of your own home! You are able to choose your consultation through phone, Skype, Facetime, online chat, or email. If you are in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, in person consults may be available, as well.

I am able to consult with you on a wide range of feeding and sensory related concerns. Here are just a few examples of topics and concerns that could be discussed in a consultation: 
  • Getting your "picky" eater to eat more foods (at any age).
  • Transitioning your baby or toddler onto table foods.
  • Improving chewing skills and/or sensory processing to decrease gagging.
  • Setting up a schedule and routine for feeding your child.
  • Sensory strategies to decrease tactile defensiveness.
  • Creating and implementing a sensory diet.

In addition to direct consultation time and follow-up emails, you will also receive an individualized consultation summary document outlining all of the discussed recommendations and strategies for your child.  Prior to the consultation you will complete a short feeding and/or developmental history, as well as share with me any concerns and questions you may have about your child. Click here to read an overview of a consult with a 15 month old that was having trouble transitioning to table foods.

To read an unbiased, non-sponsored review of a phone consultation click here.

Consulting Fees:

I am located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Eastern Standard Time), but have worked with families worldwide in this consulting format.  I am able to work around time zone differences in any part of the world. Typically, consults are scheduled within 7-10 days.

*The consulting fees and service structure changed as of 2/2/15. If you contacted Alisha prior to this date, previous fees may be applicable. 

60 minute Consultation: 80$
This package is recommended for parents that have mild to moderate concerns about their child and want the opportunity to discuss detailed strategies. This time cannot be broken up into separate sessions.

90 Minute Consultation: 110$
This package is recommended for parents that have moderate to severe concerns about their child and want the opportunity to discuss a variety of detailed strategies. This time cannot be broken up into separate sessions.  

Both of these packages include and have additional options/ad-ons:
  • Direct communication via skype, facetime, or phone at parents preference. It may be beneficial to view your child eating either live during the consult or via a short video sent before the consult.
  • Written summary via email attachment within a week of consult. Additional handouts may also be included, as appropriate.
  • Follow up emails, as needed and initiated by parent.
  • Option to discuss more that one child with additional 20$ fee. Background questions/child history and a separate summary will be provided and background questions for each child. 
  • Option to add on additional follow-up appointments for 35$/30 minutes.
  • Option to add on a specific 3 day meal plan for your child, new food list (10-20 targeted foods to begin working on), or creating a custom feeding schedule with an additional 30$ fee.

Email Consultation: 45$
This option is recommended for mild concerns or specific questions related to one topic. You will be given a treatment plan and/or questions will be answered thoroughly within one week after receiving responses to child's history, payment, and liability release/privacy statement signature.
  • Detailed responses to questions in 1-2 emails. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions or discuss concerns over several emails.
  • Option to discuss more that one child with additional 15$ fee.
  • Option to add on a specific 3 day meal plan for your child, new food list (10-20 targeted foods to begin working on), or creating a custom feeding schedule with an additional 30$ fee.

Custom Menu Plan: 65$
Based on a food list provided by parents and examples of meals the family typically eats, a customized 7 day meal plan will be created for your child. Each day of the menu will include 3 meals and a snack that incorporate a protein, fruit/veggie, and carbohydrate. Depending on your child's needs Alisha will focus on balancing preferred and non-preferred foods or successful table food options, for example.  

Custom packages are also available and may include daily menu planning, weekly treatment plans, and/or multiple session guided therapy via skype/facetime.  In person consultation services are available in Western Pennsylvania, travel fees apply.

All payments are made through a secure paypal account, which you can reach through clicking on the "Buy Now" button below or by emailing me directly at YourKidsTable@gmail.com.  When clicking the this buy now button you will need to enter in the total of the consultation package you are interested in.

Once I receive the payment, the parent or legal guardian will be sent a liability release prior to consultation for an electronic signature. Parents will also have the opportunity to complete a brief history of feeding and/or sensory processing skills for all consultations.  







"...We have made good progress and definitely talking to you was a big help to start seeing some light at the end of the tunnel!" (2 weeks after Consultation)

*If financial circumstances prevent or make it difficult for you to consider these services please email me so that we can discuss an option that will be comfortable for you.
If you have questions about these services, want to set up a custom package, or would like additional information, please contact me at YourKidsTable@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!


Testimonials




"(She) has been doing great!!!!! You gave me the confidence and renewed determination to take this on and make a new start. It has not been without its set backs and challenges. I sense that this, like most goals with children, will not just be linear movement forward. However, the last two days she ate all three meals at the table. She is eating more volume wise, and is even eating some things she was not before.  I am working hard to be consistent and not to move forward too quickly. I am very encouraged at her progress and that helps keep my commitment level high... It is working!!!!! You are awesome!!!! I will be sure to recommend your services to anyone I encounter having similar problems...Thanks so much for your time and the job that you do. We are VERY happy parents!!! (parent after consult)



"The consultation and your website have been incredibly helpful.  My son has gone from eating a very few specific foods to more recognizable meals - his palate is still limited, but the consultation has given us a long-term strategy which we are confident is yielding results and meal-times have become much more enjoyable experiences for everyone as a result.  His list of approved foods keeps growing and he is becoming more experimental and willing to try new foods and textures...  which would have been unthinkable a month or two ago... he is getting much more confident about interacting with textures that he found difficult before...  Your advice has been brilliant - thank you." (Parent after consult)
Last Updated: February 2015




20 comments:

  1. My daughter tightens her muscles constantly. She is 11 years old. The only therapy our insurance has ever been willing to pay for is a very little P.T. & leg braces for her tightened calf muscles from tip toe walking. She is anxious and clingy. We homeschool so I have time, is there anything you can recommend to keep her from tightening her muscles when anxious, bored and especially when happy and excited?

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    1. Do you mean that she is voluntarily tightening her muscles or that she has spasticity or tightness in her muscles that she can't control?

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  2. Modern parents are busy working, which is not wrong. But they are wrong in neglecting children. From the start, when children was born, even from pregnancy, parents begin to take time to accompany him to speak, noticing nothing extraneous to play games with them.

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  3. ive got a daughter she is only 2 years old she will not eat a thing shes pale no colour she will not play with anyone shes ushally playin but she lost a cousion

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    1. Hi Jackie, I'm so sorry that your having a hard time- I think I could be of some help. Email me at yourkidstable@gmail.com and I can give you some more info- or answer any more questions you have.

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  4. My son is 6 years old. I think his piniky eater. All he eats are chicken nuggets, fr fruits & vegetables.But only a certain kind. How do I feed him healthy food & for him to eat more protein?

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    1. Hi Maria. That's quite the loaded question, that I don't have an easy for. However, I have answered it across many posts written here. I would recommend that you go up to Basic Strategies to Improve Eating in the menu bar. Start there and begin to slowly implement those changes. Then see the five posts at the end of that page to get started, they are the most crucial. I also have an article index in the menu bar, where many more posts are organized by "picky eaters".

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  5. Hi...I am a mother of a 2.5yr old boy and an 8month old daughter. I am also an pediatric occupational therapist but have no experience in feeding issues...so I really need your help! My son used to be a wonderful "eater"! i fed him every vegetable on the planet, whole grains, meats, fruits...you name it he's tried it. Suddenly, one day, he decided he didn't want to eat anymore. He ate cheerios all day long...or snacked on fruit, or yogurt chips. Or sometimes he wouldn't eat anything at all. Finally got him ot eat three times a day, but hes on a "carbs fix"! Only eats frent toast, pancakes, cheerios, rice crispies, oatmeal, farina, apples, bananas, waffles, bagels, english muffins, and recently peanut butter and jelly. I would offer him everything and anything on my plate, but he would just refuse it. Lately, hes been rejecting even these foods. I think he's bored now. He eats less now. He's somewhat interested in new foods. wants to help prepare meals, but won't try anything new. He has a tendency to smell everything before he touches it. He may lick it too. But he then proceeds to make faces and then refuses to taste the food. I'm really at my wits end here. I don't know what to do. Please help!!!

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    1. Hi Dora! I would start out by reading the feeding basics in the menu bar and start to implement each of those items. It is a good and important foundation. At the end of that is list of a few other articles- read those because they share strategies on how to increase variety. If you are interested in a consult feel free to email me!

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  6. I have a 4 yr old that dose'nt like to eat. Last November he had the stomach virus and after that he didn't want to eat... He just eat potatoes, fries, chips and queso and he drinks orange juice and chocolate milk.. I am so stress out he sees his other brother and sisters eating and he dosent want to eat.. He cry when it's time to eat. I'm getting so stress out don't know what to do

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    1. I understand, it is stressful. Some kids develop oral aversions after serious illness'. I am still doing consults, all the info is above. Also, there is a lot of information here. I would get started in the eating basics section in the menu bar and then go to the posts I recommend at the end to get started.

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  7. My daughter just turned 12 months on10/21. She is pretty tiny at 16.6 lbs. and she has been exposed to different puréed fruits and veggies, meats, and yogurt but will only eat certain fruits with veggies disguised within them. For table food, she has been exposed to different softer, small-cubed fruits and veggies, pasta, and meatball. She will really only eat graham crackers, mini waffles, and baby cookies. I'm concerned and don't know how to get her to try different foods, and especially, "moist" foods.

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    1. Hi Melissa, I would click on the tab eating basics and start there. At the bottom of the page you will find some additional links that will take you right to articles on that very topic. Let me know if you need more help finding them.

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  8. Not a whole lot of progress in the last month. She won't eat anything that's not a dry carb. She won't even eat pasta. Is it time for services?

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    1. I think it would be a good idea, what you describe is very common for me and other feeding therapists to see. I'm available for consults or you can also see Help for Babies or Toddlers in the Article Index if you are in the states this would apply to you. Don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions about the process. yourkidstable@gmail.com

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  9. My daughter just turned 1, and ever since 6 months we had tried to get her on baby foods. She does okay with oatmeal mixed with breastmilk and some pureed fruits. She gags easily on anything that isn't pureed (level 2 Gerbers). Sometimes she'll outright refuse to eat anything and just drink her bottles. We've tried the puffs, she'll bite it (she has 8 teeth), and spit out the broken pieces. If anything solid remains in her mouth that she can't get out, she'll whine frustratedly. How do I get her past this stage of fearing solid foods in her mouth?

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    1. IT sounds like their is some underlying issues going on- it may not be serious. I would recommend a consult or setting up an eval with a feeding therapist. I would encourage her to chew on her toys and teethers to help decrease her gag reflex.

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  10. My son Ryan refuses to eat or even try anything except spaghetti, oatmeal, vanilla ice cream, vanilla cake, water and plain bread. He ate pureed food only until he was about two. I'm looking into your consultation services and I'm not sure which woukd work best in this case.

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    1. I would recommend talking for at least 60 minutes- this allows us time to cover all the basics. If you have a lot of questions or would like to talk about more in depth strategies then 90 minutes would be helpful. If you have something else in mind let me know I am happy to customize a package.

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  11. �� I need help. I am absolutely stressed out and anxiety ridden. My son will be 3 and a half in April. He has refused any and all food since he was about 18mo old. He is solely living on a milk diet. And it terrifies me that he will pass out and die from lack of nutrition. We have only recently finally gained a referral for a psych evaluation... only to find that, in the midst of moving out of state, we will no longer be living here by the time they can fit us in. (He has progressively grown and gained weight well, causing his doctors no concern, until now. He has begun losing lots of weight.)
    I am terrified. He voices concerns any time I try to offer food, whether it be solid, liquid, or a baby food in between that he can't eat it because he will choke. PLEASE HELP. �� I really don't know what to do or what is going on.

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