Are meal times a source of tension and struggle for your family? Do you have a child who refuses to eat a variety of foods or eats a limited range of foods? Perhaps they struggle to chew or swallow certain textures? Your child may be a picky eater or a problem feeder. The process of trying to get your child to eat well can be frustrating and tiring.
It’s time for Feeding Therapy!
Our feeding expert uses an adapted SOS Approach to Feeding model which stands for Sequential – Oral – Sensory. This approach is based on seven areas of human function which are examined as part of a comprehensive feeding assessment and therapy. These areas include:
All organ systems
Learning style, history, and capacity
The developmental milestones examined include oral motor skills, sensory systems, motor development, cognition, and emotional development that are integral to feeding success. The approach itself uses a sequential hierarchy to ensure that exposure to foods follows the natural developmental pattern for a child in each area of development.
Through play-based and social learning, children learn to engage with foods across various nutritional textures and food groups. By learning about the foods through play and following the Steps to Eating Hierarchy, they become familiar with foods and develop the skills sets necessary to eat.