Dear Lynn (Practitioner),
My son, Luke, is six years old and has sensory integration dysfunction. The problem with food began when his food changed from puree to chunky. He started spitting out any food that was chunky: peas, carrots, potatoes…etc. It wasn’t long before he was gagging and throwing up at every meal. I reported these behaviors to my doctor who told me my son was a “picky” eater. I explained that the “taste” of food wasn’t the problem, it was the “texture” of various foods. After he cried, gagged and eventually threw up the little amount of food I got in him, we would have to start the whole process all over again. My son finally gave up food all together and was on a liquid diet.
Luke received AIT and quickly changed from a child who hated to eat, even when he was hungry, to requesting food and actually commenting on tastes and textures. Since AIT, he has eaten foods I never dreamed he would eat: coconut shrimp, chili, chicken noodle soup, meat, eggs and spinach and peas, just to name a few. Now he is an independent, well-adjusted child who can sit at the table and FINALLY eat WITH his family. He asks to try new food and tells me that food smells good to him now. After he ate his first egg sandwich, he told my husband, “I feel like I just died and went to heaven”. I feel guilty for the agony he had to go through for years just to have his basic needs met. I am a true believer in the positive effects of AIT and I share my story with all who will listen. Too many children suffer needlessly!!