Food Explorers Group: Food, Fun, and Friends!
The Food Explorers Group at Positive Steps Therapy is a unique program that allows children who have worked through many of their feeding difficulties in a one-on-one functional feeding program the opportunity to take their newly acquired feeding skills to the next level. The group provides a safe, relaxed eating environment where the child can continue to build on their feeding skills with peer role models and the support and coaching of a licensed occupational therapist. In this small group setting, goals for children include:
- Promoting social eating
- Providing peer modeling for eating
- Encouraging sharing and trying new foods
- Increasing oral motor desensitization and oral motor control/strength
- Increasing the feeling of control and decreasing food related anxiety related to mealtimes with children
Parents of participants in the group have noticed improved social eating in the school and home settings as well as an increased willingness to try new foods with less anxiety during the family daily routine.