Feeding Therapy

Sensory integration is a concept that describes the process of receiving and organizing sensory information from our bodies and the environment.  Difficulties related to how a child processes sensory input (smell, taste, temperature, texture, and appearance) can have a serious impact on eating patterns and behaviors.

Did you know that there are many steps involved in eating? The mealtime experience is dynamic and complex and involves many skills including self-regulation. 

Our feeding therapists will evaluate how your child chews and swallows food to maintain a healthy, age-appropriate diet, distinguishing between picky eating and more serious disruptions to a child’s feeding patterns that can impede their growth and development. A feeding evaluation will examine your child’s history and present status to determine the best course of treatment based on their physical and behavioral needs.

Is your child a picky eater? Does your child avoid certain foods?

Our Feeding Therapy program serves children who display any of the following sensory-based behaviors:

  • Avoids certain foods based on textures or colors
  • Eats less than 15 foods
  • Refuses entire food groups
  • Has behavioral challenges or meltdowns at meals

We offer parents support for mealtime routines at home to encourage a positive experience with food. Our facility is equipped with a kitchen and dining area dedicated to feeding therapy.

What to expect during a mealtime treatment session:

During a mealtime treatment session, the use of sensory-rich activities prior to and during eating will be incorporated to promote mealtime success.  Your child will be encouraged to smell, touch, and play with foods in efforts to develop a readiness to tolerate different types of foods.  Any contact with food is a step in the right direction!  Eating is aimed to be a pleasurable and fun experience, as foods will be progressively introduced into your child’s diet.  Developing new eating skills is a process that will take time and practice in therapy and at home.

If your child is an extremely picky eater or a problem feeder, we can help. 

Schedule a free consult call with a feeding therapist or Contact us for more information.