Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, treats children birth to teens who have difficulty eating. Melanie’s advice has been shared in a variety of television and print media, including the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Parents Magazine. She is the co-author of the award-winning Raising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating (2015) and Baby Self-Feeding: Solutions for Introducing Purees and Solids to Create Lifelong Healthy Eating Habits(2016). Her popular food activity book, titled Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes (2018) is based on the research and Melanie’s 20 years of success as a pediatric feeding therapist. Her children’s storybook includes tips for parents on how to use pretend play to encourage adventurous eating in kids ages two to six years. You Are Not an Otter: The Story of How Kids Become Adventurous Eaters and all of Melanie’s books can be found on Amazon and at www.MelaniePotock.com.
- Financial: Melanie Potock receives royalties from bookstores and online retailers for four of the five books she authored on the topic of feeding children: Adventures in Veggieland, Raising a Healthy Happy Eater, You Are Not an Otter, and Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids. She is the executive producer of a children’s music CD titled “Dancing in the Kitchen: Songs that Celebrate the Joy of Food” and profits from the sale of downloads. Melanie contributes educational content typically related to feeding children, picky eating, and parenting advice for other websites for a fee. She is a paid product consultant for several food companies that create foods or supplements for children. Her advice is educational in nature only and not an endorsement of any product. Time commitments vary and are contractual. Melanie offers video courses on her website focusing on pediatric feeding disorders and picky eating for a subscription fee.
- Nonfinancial: Melanie has volunteered and contributed articles to the ASHA Leader newsmagazine on the topics of pediatric feeding disorders and related issues for more than 5 years. She wrote an unpaid cover story titled “The Cooking Connection” for the April 2017 edition on Autism Spectrum Disorder. This article may be discussed briefly in this presentation. Melanie is also a volunteer co-creator of The Doctor Yum Preschool Curriculum for The Doctor Yum Project, a 501(c)(3) organization.