Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapy focuses on enhancing children’s pre-feeding skills, engagement in meals, and oral-motor skills for safe and effective eating. The goal of feeding therapy is to make mealtimes and food a fun and enjoyable experience for your entire family. Our Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists work individually and, on a team, to complete comprehensive evaluations and create individualized treatment goals to address the feeding and eating needs of all children. Although some children resolve “pick eating” on their own, if your child is presenting with several of the feeding difficulties below, a feeding evaluation may be beneficial. 

Feeding Therapy Difficulties:

  • Difficulties Chewing

  • Picky Eater 

  • Excessive Drooling

  • Avoids Certain Food Textures

  • Avoids Certain Food Smells

  • Long Meal Times

  • Will not accept table foods (solids) by 12 months of age 

  • Eats less than 20 foods by the age of 2 (Toomey, SOS Approach)

  • Avoids Certain Food Temperatures

  • Difficulties with Self-Feeding 

  • Frequent Spitting or Vomiting 

  • Coughing During Meals

  • Difficulties with Self-Feeding 

  • Frequent Spitting or Vomiting 

  • Gurgling/Wet Voice Quality

  • Difficulties Coordinating Breathing When Swallowing

  • Poor Weight Gain or Weight Loss

  • Eats Too Quickly 

 

If you are interested in learning more about feeding therapy or would like a free consultation you can request additional information here or you can speak with someone directly by phone at 615-376-9633.