What is Feeding Therapy?
Feeding therapy helps infants and children with a wide array of feeding difficulties which may include one or more of the following:
- Reduced or limited intake
- Food refusal
- Food selectivity by type and/or texture
- Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty)
- Oral motor deficits
- Delayed feeding development
- Food or swallowing phobias
- Mealtime tantrums
- Specialized certifications:
- S.O.S. Approach to Feeding
- The Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding
- Oral placement therapy
Addressing feeding problems may be important for preventing or eliminating nutritional concerns, growth concerns including failure to thrive, unsafe swallowing which may lead to aspiration pneumonia and future poor eating habits/attitudes. Feeding therapy will target the individual needs of each client, based on the characteristics and nature of the specific disorder.