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Feeding Therapy

Signs your child may benefit from feeding therapy 

  • Eats a very limited range of foods, avoiding certain textures, tastes, or food groups.

  • Frequent coughs or choking during meals, or demonstrates signs of aspiration (food or liquid entering the airway).

  • Mealtime is consistently stressful, with the child exhibiting extreme resistance, anxiety, or tantrums during feeding.

  • Slow weight gain or growth delays.

  • Gagging or vomiting before, during, or after meals. 

  • Consistently refuses to eat specific foods or food groups

  • Strong aversions to certain food textures, temperatures, tastes, or smells, indicating sensory sensitivities that impact eating.

  • Difficulty chewing, biting, or moving food around in the mouth.

  • Significantly delayed in reaching age-appropriate feeding and self-feeding milestones.

  • Difficulty transitioning to solid foods

  • Recurrent digestive issues, such as stomachaches, constipation, diarrhea, or other gastrointestinal problems.

  • Underlying medical conditions (e.g., prematurity, developmental delays, neurological disorders) that impact their feeding abilities.

  • Signs of anxiety, stress, or fear related to food, mealtimes, or eating in social settings.

Areas we address 

  • Oral motor skills

  • Sensory processing 

  • Texture and food aversions 

  • Self-feeding skills

  • Swallowing skills 

Techniques we use: 

  • Sequential Oral Sensory Approach (SOS)

  • AEIOU (acceptance, exposure, independence, observation and understanding)

  • Responsive Feeding 

Our programs

  • We offer both school-aged and infant feeding programs. 

  • We have partnered with Capital Pediatric Nutrition to create a multidisciplinary feeding program that includes nutrition, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. 

  • Our school aged evaluations take place in our office. You can expect to be present for 2-2.5 hours. Your child will receive a full occupational therapy evaluation tailored towards skills needed for feeding, as well as a full oral motor evaluation from a speech language pathologist. During the evaluation, you will consult with our Nutrition partner.

  • Our infant feeding evaluation will take place in the privacy of your home with a pediatric Occupational Therapist who is a Certified Lactation Counselor. We are able to support your family with both breast and bottle feedings.  

  • We request that families participate in feeding therapy for a minimum of 12 weeks to ensure that skills from therapy are generalizing to your child's meal routines. 

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