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Help coming to parents of picky eaters

Eating is among the many issues that parents worry about with their children. Parents of toddlers often worry about their child eating enough.

As a child gets older, parents often worry about their child only eating one type of food, or eating a balanced diet.

Parents also question whether their child is just going through a phase or whether there are other issues influencing their eating habits. As eating can effect a child’s development, these are valid concerns. On May 3, Reach Child and Youth Development Society is offering help to parents with a workshop called Helping Your Picky Eater.

The workshop will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at #3, 3800 72 St.

The workshop will share information that will help parents determine whether their child is a picky eater or actually has a deeper problem with feeding.

Parents will also learn the reasons why some children don’t eat, what can influence a child’s diet and different methods to introduce new foods. Parents will leave the workshop with a good idea on how to facilitate a positive eating experience at home and how to expand their child’s diet.

Workshop presenters Christine Gleave and Andrea Wong, are occupational therapists who help children in the development of skills that are needed in their daily activities.

In addition to eating, this includes other self-care activities such as dressing and toileting, fine motor activities such as holding a pencil, cutting with scissors, and drawing, and leisure activities such as swimming, soccer and hockey.

This workshop will focus on eating and feeding.

Reach Child and Youth Development Society is a non-profit organization that has been helping children and families since 1959. Reach offers a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of children from birth to age 19.

The Helping Your Picky Eater workshop is appropriate for parents of children two to 10 years old.

The cost is $20. To register, call 604-946-6622, ext. 343 or

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