Almost 10 year old very selective eating
My son is almost 10 and has been very selective with his eating since he started eating. He eats enough food and variety that he is healthy, but he seems to almost have a fear of trying new foods. His preferences are so specific that he needs a food item to be from a specific restaurant or has to be an exact variety or he won't eat it. For instance there are a few items from Trader Joes that have been on the list of foods he'll eat, but then TJ changed their supplier on those items and now they are different and that becomes two fewer food choices we have for our son because it is so hard to get him to add anything new to his diet. Sometimes I feel hopeful because he's open to trying almost any candy item. That shows to me a willingness to try new foods and that he is not completely closed off, but of course I don't want to let him eat much candy. He sometimes actually gags on food he is uncomfortable with if he does somehow try it. He seems very sensitive to food textures, although I don't see that sensitivity in other areas like clothing etc. He does not seem to have any food allergies. It is very difficult to travel with him as he often cannot find a single thing he is willing to try from a restaurant menu. He does not like to go to a friend's house over a meal time. When he was younger I thought he would grow out of this pattern, but it seems to have stayed the same or gotten worse if anything and I fear what may happen as he goes into adolescence if nothing changes. He is open to therapy in this area. I'm looking for recommendations for therapists who specialize in this kind of thing who people have had success with. I'm also wondering if anyone has a child like this who grew out of it or if you did something that helped the child. Thank you.