Outpatient: Once a week or less (overnight stay not required)
Toddler, preschool, and school-aged feeding therapy helps children 18 months and older with a wide variety of feeding difficulties which may have led them to become extremely picky eaters. Our feeding therapists use the well-known SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding designed by Dr. Kay Toomey. This approach considers a child’s individual differences as it relates to the child’s approach to the mealtime experience.These individual differences include medical and feeding history, current mealtime strategies utilized by caregivers, oral motor skill, environmental concerns, sensory sensitivities, food qualities of preferred foods, as well as coordination and postural control, among other qualities. In addition to the holistic, sensory-based SOS Approach to Feeding, our therapists are also well-trained in oral motor therapy that is sometimes necessary to improve a child’s motor skills (for example, tongue movement, chew pattern, jaw stability, coordination of swallowing and lip closure) used for eating. One oral motor program used by our therapists to facilitate oral skill development is Talk Tools Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach (Talk Tools Feeding Therapy).