28 – All about food throwing and high chair refusal (and how to prevent it!) with paediatric Occupational Therapist Rachael Smith

Welcome to another BONUS episode of Boob to Food the Podcast with our wonderful occupational therapist Rachael Smith. So many families reach out to us regarding food throwing and high chair refusal – why it happens, and most importantly, how to prevent it! So in today’s episode, Rach dives into her insights and some practical tips to avoid those mealtime battles.

For those who don’t knowRachael, she is a mum to her daughter Olive, a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, and the owner of Therapy Time, a private practice based in Brisbane.

Even before having her own family, she has always been passionate about taking a big picture approach to child development. Rachael strongly believes that what we eat has a huge impact on everything and sees this everyday in her clinical practice (and at home).

Meal times are a big deal for our little ones, and they require a lot of sensory, fine motor, oral motor, and behavioural skills. With her gentle, kind and empowering approach Rachael equips parents with a toolkit full of responsive, evidence-based and family-centered strategies.

in this podcast we cover:

  • Reasons why our children might throw food and what they could be trying to communicate

  • Age appropriate strategies for reducing food throwing and meal time battles

  • What a realistic expectation is of our child for joining us at the table

  • and so much more.


Listen to Episode 28 HERE

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