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Feeding Therapy

Our Feeding Therapists help children learn to develop healthy eating patterns and behaviors.

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What is Feeding Therapy?

The goal of feeding therapy is to help infants and children learn to eat and obtain optimal nutrition while supporting parents and caregivers in developing normal, effective feeding patterns and behaviors. Therapies are targeted towards an individual child’s underlying issues, and they can include food exploration, developing oral motor skills, strengthening for weaning off a feeding tube or advancing a child’s diet and addressing the challenges around sensory processing and selective/picky eaters.

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Feeding therapy is typically provided by a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) or Occupational Therapist (OT), and additional support can be provided by pediatricians, GI’s, nutritionists, and neurologists. There are unique requirements per therapy discipline for obtaining certification that can be referenced by the American Speech-Hearing Association or the American Occupational Therapy Association.

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What are the Benefits of Feeding Therapy?

Develop skills that lead to independent eating and nutritional meal times.

Feeding therapy is strongly recommended if your child is having difficulty eating and can be very helpful in dealing with a wide range of feeding challenges. Therapy can help alleviate reliance on a feeding tube, difficulty with breast or bottle feeding, food and texture aversions, history of recurrent pneumonia, poor weight gain, anxiety or negative mealtime behaviors, GI issues, resistance to trying new foods or transitioning from pureed foods, and more.

Perhaps most beneficial, eating therapy can help guide your child to a place of independent eating and happy meal times.

What are the Benefits of Feeding Therapy?

TES’ Approach to Feeding Therapy

How do we make therapy fun?

How do we make therapy fun?

Our child food therapists work to ensure the patient’s strengths and preferences are taken into account. We get down to the child level and work with the family to make eating less stressful and more enjoyable.

How do we work as a team?

How do we work as a team?

Our eating specialists consult with other members of the child’s care team to ensure we are meeting the needs of the whole child. Whenever possible we co-treat with other care providers and work to ensure continuity of care throughout treatment.

How do we include the family?

How do we include the family?

Families are encouraged to take part in therapy. We utilize a caregiver coaching model that ensures families are achieving a level of comfort with feeding even when our providers are not present.

FAQs About Feeding Therapy

Credentials

Our Therapists Credentials

Occupational Therapist Registered Licensed
Occupational Therapist Registered Licensed
Speech Language Pathologist
Speech Language Pathologist
Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Speech Language Pathology Assistant