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Feeding Programs

One-on-one intensive feeding session:

During a one-on-one feeding session, the licensed occupational therapist can assist a child with a wide variety of feeding difficulties and help them learn to enjoy their daily mealtime.  The therapist will work with a child on a structured feeding program designed specifically for their individual feeding concerns.  Such feeding issues may include but are not limited to:

  • Food refusal
  • Oral sensory sensitivity
  • Oral motor weakness and other oral motor delays
  • Limited food repertoire
  • Food phobias or anxieties

By addressing the individual needs of a child with feeding difficulties, the therapist can make mealtimes in both the home and community settings more enjoyable for a child and their family, as well improve the child’s nutritional health and address safety concerns for children with poor oral motor control.

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.