Feeding Therapy Services
About Feeding Therapy
Your child’s feeding therapist will work with you to set up the ideal environment for feeding therapy. Typically, sessions are scheduled around meal times. Here are some of the areas we often treat:
- Food Aversions
- Sensory Processing
- Oral Skills
- Food Orientation
- Improving Your Child’s Overall Mealtime Experience
Our feeding team has additional specializations and certifications including:
Feeding evaluations: What to expect
Your feeding therapist will work with you to schedule your child’s feeding evaluation at a time that works for you and your child. Your therapist may request that you have specific food items on hand. Therapists use a variety of formal and informal assessment tools including developmental history, observation, oral motor examination, and standardized tests to obtain a comprehensive picture of your child’s feeding skills and will create a customized treatment plan with goals specific to your child’s needs. An evaluation report can take up to two weeks to prepare and your child’s therapist will follow up with you to discuss the results of the evaluation and make recommendations for your child. You will receive a copy of your child’s evaluation report from your child’s therapist. Goals and treatment plans are specific and measurable so that your child’s progress can be tracked. Communication is highly important to us so please be sure to reach out to your child’s therapist with any questions or concerns. Your therapist will work closely with your family to improve your child’s feeding skills.
Signs your child may benefit from feeding therapy
If you have noticed your child has aversions to certain food textures, has difficulty swallowing, or if meal time causes anxiety for your child, please reach out to us. Our experienced feeding team can advise you on whether or not we recommend an evaluation. We will answer your questions so that you know what to expect. Our pediatric feeding team is highly experienced and specialized. We will work in collaboration with you to get your child back on track.
Treatment frequency and duration
The length of time your child will need feeding therapy services will depend on the needs of your child and the specific goals outlined in the evaluation. Your child’s therapist will give you periodic updates on how your child is progressing toward his or her goals.