Pediatric Feeding Therapy
There are many reasons why a child could be struggling with eating. They could:
Suffer from oral motor difficulties (trouble using their tongue, teeth and jaw)
Have fine motor delays (cannot bring their hands to their mouth or grasp and pick up food)
Be a picky eater with a limited food repertoire
Have reflux, allergies or no appetite
Become distracted when they are trying to eat
Struggle with positioning
Regardless of why, feeding challenges can be an extremely frustrating issue for the entire family.
If a child is experiencing any of the following, their medical team should be contacted to see if a feeding evaluation would be beneficial:
Difficulty latching onto breast/bottle, coordinating suck-swallow-breathe, chewing, advancing textures
Lack of self feeding
Coughing, choking, gagging or retching while eating
Eating less than 20 different foods
Significant aversion to certain foods or avoidance behaviors at mealtimes
What Makes Us Uniquely Successful?
Just like feeding challenges themselves, each treatment session is unique and geared toward the individual patient. Therapists form realistic goals, discussing expectations or rules that parents or caregivers have, and put together a plan specifically tailored to meet the patient and family’s needs.
Therapists may have children play with their food, work on a snack schedule or use utensils of varied shapes and sizes. They use a graded approach to increase tolerance of non-preferred foods. Sensory activities could be incorporated into treatment sessions for children who need help improving attention, behavior and regulation.
The goal of our feeding therapy is to make eating and meal time a positive and fun experience for the child and family!