Feeding Therapy

Pediatric Feeding Therapists work with your child and the family to provide you all with skills to safely, happily, and healthily participate in mealtime.

Benefits of Feeding Therapy?

  • Desensitization to sight, smell, touch, and taste of different foods.
  • Helping infants latch onto the breast or bottle nipple.
  • Learning to coordinate their swallowing and breathing.
  • Exposures to different or unfamiliar foods.
  • Expanding the foods the child accepts.
  • Guidance for the family on navigating challenging behaviors at mealtime.
  • Guidance for the family and child to create and follow a routine feeding schedule.
  • Guidance on how to plate and serve foods to encourage mealtime success.

Pediatric Feeding Therapists:

  • Aim to improve feeding/swallowing difficulties.
  • Treat patients with failure to thrive.
  • Treat patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Aim to improve oral motor skills.
  • Treat patients with respiratory issues.
  • Treat patients with weak oral muscles.

Our Pediatric Feeding Therapists provide 1:1 services from either an Occupational Therapist or Speech and Language Pathologist.

Would My Child benefit from feeding therapy?

Does your Child present with any of the following:

  • Coughing, gagging, or vomiting while eating?
  • Aversions to food textures, smells, and/or flavors?
  • Refusing to eat specific food groups and/or colors?
  • Eats less than 20 foods consistently?
  • Dysphagia?
  • Tongue thrust?

Do you find yourself asking:

  • How can I help my picky eater?
  • Why is my baby having a hard time latching?
  • Why does my child avoid new foods?
  • Why is my infant having a hard time swallowing and/or breathing?
  • How can I get my child to eat more foods?
  • Why does my mealtime feel like a struggle?