Feeding therapy is designed to help children who are not able or willing to consume a sufficient calorie diet via oral feeding to promote or maintain growth.
Your child’s early years are the best years to establish a good diet and eating habits. This is something they will take with them and practice for the rest of their lives. If your child is having trouble eating and you’re not sure how to solve this Joy & Laughter Developmental Therapy can help! We provide a specialized feeding therapy program to help you and child with this difficulty.
While feeding problems can fall along a continuum there are two basic groups;
- picky eaters and
- problem feeders.
Feeding problems often include multiple components including sensory, behavioral, medical, and physical aspects.
While children will often work with one therapist specifically for feeding therapy, treatment plans are developed using a team approach. Feeding therapy team can include registered dietician, lactation consultant, nurses, speech therapists, occupational therapists and the physician.
- Sensory Integration
- Sequential oral sensory (S.O.S)
- Oral Motor: Gaining the skills to properly chew and move food within the mouth in preparation to swallow the food.
- Including lip seal for back swallow, chewing skills, tongue lateralization, and jaw strength.
- Food Continuum: Helping children progress from a fully liquid or tube fed diet to an age appropriate diet.
- Family Meals: Helping children who are unable to participate in the family meal due to social, physical, and/or emotional factors.
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