Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Michelle Suarez

Second Advisor

Ben Atchison


Food selectivity is often referred to as food refusal or “picky eating”. Food selectivity is defined as the refusal of certain foods based on texture, taste, temperature or the general appearance of food. Children often vary with severity of the condition, and overall it contributes to poor nutrition and effects family mealtime. A child that has food selectivity may throw food, tantrum, regurgitate, refuse or shutdown, or disturb other siblings from eating and cause them to react. This paper overviews food selectivity and provides a resource for families to use at home to improve mealtime behavior and food acceptance. The resource includes strategies that can be helpful for improving food selectivity in the home environment.

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Honors Thesis-Restricted