Feeding Therapy: Nurturing Growth for Picky Eaters

We understand the stress and concern that comes with having a child who is a picky eater or faces challenges with eating. Whether your child has sensory aversions, difficulty with chewing or swallowing, or a limited diet, mealtimes can become a source of anxiety for the whole family. That’s where our feeding therapy services come in. We’re here to help you and your child navigate these challenges and make mealtime a positive, nurturing experience.

Understanding Feeding Challenges

Feeding challenges can arise for a variety of reasons. Some children may have sensory processing differences that make certain textures, smells, or tastes overwhelming. Others may have physical difficulties with chewing or swallowing due to conditions like cerebral palsy or down syndrome. Children with autism or ADHD may also face unique challenges with eating, such as rigidity around food choices or difficulty sitting still at the table.

Regardless of the underlying cause, feeding challenges can have a significant impact on a child’s growth, nutrition, and overall well-being. That’s why seeking specialized feeding therapy is so important.

How Feeding Therapy Can Help

Our feeding therapy services are designed to meet each child’s unique needs and goals. We start with a comprehensive evaluation to understand your child’s specific challenges and develop a personalized treatment plan utilizing a variety of evidence-based methods including the SOS approach to feeding. This may include:

Sensory Integration Techniques

For children with sensory processing differences, we use a variety of sensory integration techniques to help them become more comfortable with different textures, smells, and tastes. This may involve gradual exposure to new foods, using sensory bins and play to explore food in a non-threatening way, and incorporating sensory-friendly tools like vibrating spoons or chewable jewelry.

Oral Motor Exercises

If your child has difficulty with chewing or swallowing, we may incorporate oral motor exercises to help strengthen the muscles of the mouth and throat. This can include exercises to improve tongue strength and coordination, as well as techniques to help with safe swallowing.

Behavior Modification Strategies

For children with behavioral challenges around eating, we use positive reinforcement and other behavior modification strategies to encourage trying new foods and participating in mealtimes. This may involve having consistent routines, making food exploration fun, and gradually increasing the variety of foods offered.

Parent Education and Support

We believe that parent involvement is key to the success of feeding therapy. That’s why we work closely with you to provide education and support around mealtime strategies, nutrition, and creating a positive feeding environment at home. We’re here to answer your questions, provide guidance, and celebrate your child’s progress along the way.

The Benefits of Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapy can have a profound impact on a child’s growth and development. By addressing feeding challenges early on, we can help:

  1. Improve nutrition and overall health
  2. Expand the variety of foods a child will eat
  3. Reduce stress and anxiety around mealtimes
  4. Improve oral motor skills and safe swallowing
  5. Foster a positive relationship with food
  6. Enhance social experiences around eating

Getting Started with Feeding Therapy

If you’re concerned about your child’s eating habits or have been searching for “feeding therapy for picky eaters,” our experienced therapists are here to help. We offer compassionate, evidence-based feeding therapy services tailored to your child’s unique needs.

To get started, contact us today to schedule an evaluation. We’ll work with you every step of the way to nurture your child’s growth and make mealtime a joyful, nourishing experience for the whole family. Together, we can unlock your child’s potential, one bite at a time.

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