Feeding Program

 

Does your child go way beyond "picky” when it comes to eating? Is your child down to an extremely small range of acceptable foods? Or eating in patterns either by color or texture, that do not make sense to you? These are symptoms of various kinds of feeding problems, usually labeled behavior, sensory, or a combination of the two. Feeding Therapy, or Feeding Intervention programs are developed for children who show signs of food selectivity and designed to expand their food repertoires, volume, texture, and other food-related problems. Research indicates that the sooner an intervention can occur, the more likely good eating habits will be established. Our Feeding Program offers comprehensive care to help your child develop a positive relationship with food. 

Areas targeted within a feeding program:

  • Expanding food and liquid variety

  • Chewing

  • Self-feeding

  • Use of utensils

  • Reduction of vomiting

  • Cup drinking

  • Mealtime tantrums, or mealtimes exceeding 40 minutes

  • Distress and anxiety with new foods

  • Inability to adapt to different textures

  • Inability or refusal to feed oneself

  • Extreme pickiness 

What I can expect from the therapy program?

Initially, our intake case manager will observe and collect information on the current mealtime behaviors with both caregivers and therapists in order to identify any patterns and establish what the behavior looks like before intervention. Throughout the feeding process, it is important to remember that appropriate mealtime behavior will take time to develop and requires persistence and dedication from the parents. It is common for a child to respond differently to a therapist than they would respond to a caregiver, as they do not have a history with the feeding therapist. Therefore, caregiver training is an important component of any feeding therapy program.   

What does a feeding protocol focus in?

An individualized protocol will be developed for your child where we provide specific instructions as to what to do during meals, as well as what not to do. It is very important that any caregivers feeding your child implement the protocol the same way each time and that only caregivers that have been approved by our staff are utilizing this protocol. For the child to be successful in the program, caregivers must adhere to the protocol and not make any changes without communicating with the Clinical Supervisor.

Coordinated Care from our Team

Staff members evaluate the factors contributing to feeding problems, develop individualized treatment plans, train caregivers to implement procedures and provide long-term follow-up care. 

 

Referrals

To have your child evaluated by our team or for more information, please email us