Picky Eating

Occupational therapist Karen Dilfer, who specializes in food therapy, holds a mirror to Kate Schonwald, 12, as she tastes various foods during her second session in Schonwald’s Evanston, Illinois, home on Dec. 2, 2019.

CHICAGO — The breakthrough bite took place about 30 minutes into treatment. My daughter Kate bravely raised a cracker to her mouth and, with little hesitation, took a bite. That cracker had cinnamon in it, a spice she hadn’t tried in years.

Most parents have struggled with picky eating children. But Kate, my funny, ordinarily easygoing 12-year-old daughter, is an extremely picky eater.

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