WHat is the picky table?
The Picky Table is a community for parents, children, teens, healthcare professionals and others to discuss issues surrounding pediatric special needs, from picky eating to medically complex conditions. The Picky Table removes the stigmas of childhood illness and celebrates all the wonderful kids and adolescents living full, fruitful lives despite their special needs.
On The Picky Table podcast and website, occupational therapist Amber Miller-Walker and her guests bring a fun and informative perspective to life with pediatric special needs. Guests range from patients and their parents to leading healthcare professionals, covering a wide variety of medically complex pediatric health conditions.
When it comes to picky eating, occupational therapist Amber Miller-Walker, speaks from experience.
A lifelong picky eater, Amber provides therapy to pediatric picky eaters both in clinic and through The Picky Table telehealth services. She specializes in feeding therapies for medically complex, oral motor challenged, sensory defensive, and typical picky eaters. Amber helps children and teens feel more comfortable around food and decreases anxiety associated with social experiences involving eating.
Amber Miller-Walker MS, OTR/L
My love for feeding came naturally. Ever since I was young, my skilled friends have guided me through my own picky behavior. After growing up in Dothan, Alabama, I attended Troy University, where I earned an athletic training degree. I dreamt of becoming a physical therapist. With graduation approaching, my supervising athletic trainer/physical therapist strongly encourage me to consider occupational therapy instead. After some investigation, I changed my paperwork and ended up at the University of South Alabama pursuing a master’s in Occupational Therapy. My new dream was to work with pediatrics.
After several months of practicing, I found a new passion in pediatric feeding. I’m a picky eater myself, so I immediately empathized with the struggles of feeding, and my ability to relate to other picky eaters was natural. Since diving into the world of picky eaters, I have furthered my skillset to also work with medically complex feeders. I have trained in various talk tools courses, mealtime miseries training, and other courses, along with completing Beckman certification. I am currently certified as a level 1 talk tools therapist, with level 2 in the horizon. I provide therapy services part time at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Alabama, and reach additional clients through the telehealth services of The Picky Table.