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Food: Tips for Picky Children

Are you worried that your toddler does not eat anything but chicken rolls? Or do you notice that your child prefers playing to eat? This can be an issue troubling the minds of the parents as picky children might not get the all the nutrients as they become picky about their food. It becomes all the more difficult when the child has developmental issues. However, in order to avoid making your mealtime an arena of battle, you can make use of the following tips.

Consider the appetite of your children—or the lack of it

We have often come across several parents who are worried about the food habits of their children at our speech therapy center in Kochi. The first thing we ask these parents to do is to respect the appetite of the children or the lack there of it. What happens when parents force or coerce children to take meals, they will quickly categorize mealtime with stress and anxiety and it can make the children become insensitive to cues of hunger or even begin to ignore it.

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Make a routine and stick to it

Make sure that you serve meals at the same time everyday and fill the time in-between with snacks. This can help the child get all the needed nutrients through snacks if he/she chooses to skip meal. Avoid letting the child fill her/him up with juice or milk all day, as it may reduce the child’s appetite for regular meals. In order to avoid this, provide milk or juice along with the meals or snacks.

Show patience with new food and give children time

Parents are always parents and can many times overwhelm the children with newer food every time and cane be less patient with them. For children, especially with developmental concerns, new meals are always a mystery. The new texture, tastes and flavors of the meal can be a little intimidating for the children. As such, parents must give enough time for the children to get acquainted with new foods.

Make mealtime a fun affair

If the main objective of the parents is to make children eat all their food, most of the autism spectrum disorder therapy centers in Kochi would advise the parents to make mealtime a fun-filled ride for children. Put some efforts into cutting vegetables in different shapes, give them favorite dips with food and make it all the more colorful.

Mealtime must also be a social conditioning for the child and parents must take this into consideration. Make the child sit at the table for the designated time with the family. As the food habits of the children mature, they will start liking food for the comfort of the parents.

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How to Understand if Your Child Needs Speech Therapist

Speech development is often expected to happen naturally in children. As it is a natural phenomenon, many parents do not consider latency in speech development in children to be a serious issue. However, among children of age 3 and 4, extra care must be taken to understand if the process of speech development is normal. It is quite natural that children utter certain sounds differently and they normally do not follow the logical structure of the sentence like the adults do. Such issues are to be expected as the children are only beginning to fully develop their faculties of speech and language.

However, there are certain issues that may indicate certain speech issues in children and must be addressed at the earliest. One of the easiest to ways to correct such issues, apart from getting the help of the best speech therapy centre is to identify such issues as early as possible. However, for parents this may be a different sort of issue as they do not have experience in doing so.

Here are a few important points to keep in mind for all parents to understand any such issues as easily as possible and get the support from the best, affordable speech therapy centers in Kochi.

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If the children constantly mispronounce vowels; instead of saying bow, saying boo.

If the children do not make use of consonants and speak only using vowels.

If the children continue to communicating only in single words and do not make phrases or long sentences.

If the children make use of the same words over and over again. Or, using a word only once and not using the same ever again.

If the children cannot connect the spoken words to any related objects or a picture in the book.

If the children are unable to answer the questions but only able to repeat the question you have asked without giving any sort of answers. This can be more often noticed by parents when they ask the children if they need anything.

If the children are unable to comprehend words indicating the directions and placement of objects such as over, above, under, in and out etc.

Most of these issues, when constantly observed in children between the ages three and four, can indicate issues related to speech and language development. As understanding the issues earlier and consulting a professional speech therapy center in Kochi can make a lot of difference in the development of the children towards future, parents must try to understand if there are any such issues in children.

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How An Effective Speech Therapy Makes A Difference

Most people would have come across the term ‘speech therapy’ without fully realizing the full meaning of the term. It is common notion that any repair to a person’s speech facility is indeed speech therapy. Far from it. Effectively, speech therapy is the correcting of the faulty speech faculty and can at times involve more than just the speech lab. Any lack of ability in speech is usually tackled first in a speech lab with speech therapy.

Articulation and voice

For most people the speech facility can be divided into two. Articulation and voice. Taking voice first, it is the sound produced at the time of speaking. There are many instances when insufficient voice or sound emanates from the voice box. This could in most instances be due to the improper formation of the voice box or due to certain illness that would have damaged the voice box. There are also certain conditions that are not repairable and hence the person has to be trained to bring out the most voice with the use of the same debilitated facility.

Articulation on the other hand is the amount of dexterity that a person’s sound has. It points to the flexibility that people have in using the sound facility. It is also a measure of the persons IQ that they should be able to bring out the most twisted of vocals with ease. It is often the lack of articulation that people thing needs speech therapy. But most cases of insufficient articulation is in fact a reflection of a lower ability overall.

Language of therapy

It is the most common factor to take to speech therapy in the mother tongue. There are a lot of inherent advantages to this practice. Children are exposed to their mother tongue most from the time of birth and beyond. Most children are usually seen picking up syllables in the mother tongue than any other language. All this would point that the language of therapy is indeed the mother tongue most of the time.

There are in some very small situations when the language used in therapy is different to the mother tongue. This is to expose the child to use of language other than the mother tongue and helps in the fast and efficient use of words. There are indeed scenarios when the use of a foreign language along with the mother tongue can produce results better than the mother tongue alone.

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The wide range of application of speech therapy

Often speech therapy involves training the voice box as well as the throats of people. People with difficulties in swallowing and moving of the throat muscle have benefitted immensely with speech therapy. In this case, the further use and development of the neck and throat muscles are attained in speech therapy.

As can be seen usually in any modern stream of therapy, the uses of props are relied on most occasions to bring to the fore the best possible treatment plan. The very specialized nature of treatments systems that speech therapy is brings only the most prepared of people into the profession. The use of further specializations in the field has meant that speech therapy is no longer the esoteric treatment system that people most often encountered in movies alone.

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Our Team

Joseph Sunny

Joseph Sunny

Director & Senior Consultant
Ms. Ponnu Joseph

Ms. Ponnu Joseph

Asst. Director
Mr. Boney Kannoth

Mr. Boney Kannoth

Associate Visiting Counsellor
Ms. Minna Mathew

Ms. Minna Mathew

Clinical Psychologist
Ms. Deepa Pramoj

Ms. Deepa Pramoj

Ms. Alice Chacko

Ms. Alice Chacko

Special Educator
Prof. Nirmala Solanky Venkateswaran

Prof. Nirmala Solanky Venkateswaran

Senior Occupational Therapist
Ms. Preena Ann Maria James

Ms. Preena Ann Maria James

Speech Language Pathologist

What People Say

Prayatna clinic is class apart in terms of the child oriented therapies accorded over here. Each therapist takes personal care of the needs of the children and offer palliative cure that starts showing results within few days. I have not come across such clinics across India. The infrastructural support and resource base particularly the brain gym etc. are world class. Children also enjoy learning therapies over here due to the motivating atmosphere. Rehabilitation process is faster. Prayatna is really doing a stellar job.

Vineesh S

I have never had such a pleasant therapeutic experience as I have enjoyed in Praytana clinic. The ambience does not have that medical feeling to it. Therapists are always willing to walk the extra mile to make the process easier. The simple manner in which the therapies are offered is really hard to believe without experiencing at a personal level. They also prescribe therapies to be practised at home so that idleness does not interfere with the effect. Keep up the good job.


It was not long since I started seeing a positive change sweeping the life of my only child who required sensory integration therapy. At first, I was hesitating to go to Praytana and thought it to be like any other clinic with lofty claims but with no substance. But, a rude but pleasant shock awaited me as I could see the therapies work wonder for my child. He was no longer the same old kid seeking vents to express his pent-up emotions. Hats off to Prayatna.

Arunima Software Engineer

My son has been suffering from autistic syndrome and was not able to interact intuitively with his peers. The rehabilitative care offered at Prayatna was life-changing experience for me. Changes in the behavioural patterns of my son started becoming evident. His actions are now more agile and he no longer starts feeling uneasy in the company of others. Prayatna has pulled off the trick for my son. I would candidly recommend the clinic to all parents who want their children to take control of their lives.

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