What is Feeding Therapy?
Feeding therapy sessions are provided once weekly, all the way up to five times weekly, depending on the needs of the individual child. We take a “whole team” approach and incorporate other professionals involved with your child’s development into our treatment plan. Some examples of other professionals that may be involved in the treatment approach include your child’s pediatrician, occupational therapist, nutritionist and behaviorist.
How do I know if my child needs feeding therapy?
Does your child refuse to eat at meal-time? Do they gag, choke or have difficulty swallowing? Is your child severely picky when it comes to eating? Do they struggle with chewing? If you answered yes to any of these questions your child may benefit from feeding therapy.
Feeding Therapy Goals:
In order to ensure the most effective and successful treatment, we begin with an evaluation to determine the best treatment plan for each individual patient. We encourage each child to learn good feeding, drinking and chewing practices at their own pace. We do not force feed. Caregivers are incorporated into therapy sessions in order to ensure that they understand skills targeted during sessions and are able to incorporate them into the home environment. Our ultimate goal is to help your meal-times be enjoyable and to help your child become a successful and confident eater!
SOS – Sequential Oral Sensory
Helping children and families create a healthy, happy, lifelong relationship with food through a Modified SOS Feeding Therapy approach. We introduce your child to wide range of flavors and textures, let your child explore new foods, help them reach developmental milestones, and guide families during meal time.
Many children can struggle with eating challenges during the first years of life. Feeding challenges can be very difficult for families to deal with. Fox Therapy Services feeding team is here to help. With a modified SOS approach to feeding therapy we help children and families learn how eat through a holistic, sensations and play based approach.
Top 10 Ways To Know If Your Child Is In Need Of Feeding Therapy:
- My child refuses to eat foods that are hard to chew like meat or raw fruits and vegetables
- My child tends to cry or fall apart when you put a new food on their plate
- My child has specific brand food preferences or likes to eat the same foods prepared in the same way
- My child eats 20 or less different foods
- My child chokes, gags or coughs during meals
- My child eats meals separate from the family
- My child weighs less than other kids their age
- Meal times are stressful
- My child eats through a tube in their nose or stomach
- My child has been labeled a picky eater more than once