Feeding Therapy

Diane Lewis, MA, CCC-SLP follows a series of step-wise procedures when providing the child with a comprehensive feeding program.

Evaluation:

  1. Medical:  Does the child have any food sensitivities/allergies and/or other digestive problems?;
  2. Sensory:  Does the child avoid specific textures, temperatures, flavors, or smells?;
  3. Motor:  Does the child have a swallowing disorder? Does the child have weak muscles?;
  4. Behavior:  Does the child have feeding problems due to learned responses to unpleasant experiences around mealtimes eg. reflux, gag/vomit, etc.:
  5. Skills:  Exactly what skills does the child have and what are the goals eg. Does the child eat only pureed textures? Does the child prefer dry, crunchy foods?;
  6. Preparation for feeding: The therapist will provide a series of oral-motor activities that will address the child’s sensory and/or motor needs so that the feeding experience be as positive and successful as possible;
  7. Sequential Oral Sensory Approach (SOS): This program teaches the child the rules of eating through exploring different properties of foods including texture, smell, taste and consistency.  The SOS approach allows the child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way.  It follows a hierarchy to feeding, from tolerating foods in the room, interacting with the food, smelling, touching, tasting, and, eventually eating the food.  Parent involvement is an essential part of this feeding approach.
  8. Group: CITG has the capacity to organize groups to focus on feeding skills for your child.
  9. Notebook: The child will receive activities to do at home each week that will help develop adequate sensory and/or motor skills as well as exactly how to structure therapeutic “snack-time”.

Therapy:

  1. Preparation for feeding: The therapist will provide a series of oral-motor activities that will address the child’s sensory and/or motor needs so that the feeding experience be as positive and successful as possible;
  2. Sequential Oral Sensory Approach (SOS): This program teaches the child the rules of eating through exploring different properties of foods including texture, smell, taste and consistency.  The SOS approach allows the child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way.  It follows a hierarchy to feeding, from tolerating foods in the room, interacting with the food, smelling, touching, tasting, and, eventually eating the food.  Parent involvement is an essential part of this feeding approach.
  3. Group: CITG has the capacity to organize groups to focus on feeding skills for your child.

Home Program:

  1. Notebook: The child will receive activities to do at home each week that will help develop adequate sensory and/or motor skills as well as exactly how to structure therapeutic “snack-time”.