Responsive Feeding Therapy is utilized to support change for your whole family with a focus on connection, autonomy, and your relationships in order to increase peace and joy at mealtimes. How? Through building trust in order to make lasting changes at mealtimes. We accomplish this without counting bites, bribery, coercion, or pressure. In simple terms: we find the root causes that are making it difficult to feed your child and difficult for your child to eat.
Hana Eichele, MOT, OTR/L is the Founder of Roots Pediatric Therapy and also the co-author of two feeding books published by Skelly Skills in 2021: Beyond a Bite Professional Edition: Practical Approaches to Sensory and Feeding Challenges with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodivergent Clients by Yaffi Lvova and Hana Eichele AND Beyond a Bite Parent Edition: Playful Sensory Food Exploration for ASD and Neurodivergent Kids! by Yaffi Lvova and Hana Eichele.
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Q: What does a feeding therapy session look like? A: It depends on your child! Sometimes we will work with food, but not always. We also focus on regulation, coping strategies, making changes in the environment, and managing expectations. Our goal is give your child enough support that we can let them eat when they’re ready vs. trying to get them to eat.
Q: How many sessions will we need to meet our goals? A: It depends on how your child and family are progressing toward your goals! We want you to be actively involved in choosing the areas to work on and update you each session so you are clear about how things are going. Most families see us for a minimum of three months and others may be up to a year.
Q: Where do we complete sessions? A: We service clients in their homes in the 85234 and 85212 zip codes, our cozy office space near Val Vista and the US60 in Gilbert, Arizona, and have a telehealth option for families who prefer to access services virtually anywhere in Arizona.
Q: What other providers do you work with? A: We love to collaborate! For starters, we have a pediatric dietitian (RDN) on our team that works with families virtually to address nutrition concerns beyond the scope of the feeding therapist. The dietitian can look at growth concerns, nutrient status, or other nutrition concerns. In addition, we often work with other providers that may be involved in a child’s care, and may include a primary care provider, allergist, GI doctor, speech language pathologist, airway dentist, psychologist, psychiatrist, family therapist, social worker, play therapist, and more. Team collaboration is based on the needs of your child and family.
Q: How are services at Roots different than other therapy providers? A: We value being able to provide an individualized approach that combines tools, techniques, and strategies from various trainings to meet your family’s needs. You are the one feeding your child the most, so we focus on building your skillset and confidence as the parent or caregiver to make mealtime more positive. We also use the lens of pediatric feeding disorder and the four domains – medical, nutrition, feeding skill, and psychosocial to help you get the right help at the right time.
Q: What is the investment? A: Time is your most valuable resource. We keep this in mind when we provide any “homework” between sessions to make sure it fits into your family’s schedule.
Q: Do you take insurance? A: Yes! We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, an independent Licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. We also accept HSA or FSA funding if your plan covers our services. We are an out-of-network occupational therapy provider for all other private insurance plans. We will work with you to get coverage to the best of our ability and do provide superbills for potential out-of-network reimbursement.
Q: When can we start? A: We can typically get you scheduled for your evaluation or first session (if you’ve had a recent feeding therapy evaluation with an OTR) within two weeks. If your family is available during daytime hours, it is often within one week.
Q: Where do I learn more? A: Our website is the best place to learn about Roots at www.rootspediatrictherapy.com. You can follow Hana on Instagram @roots.pediatrictherapy to stay connected.
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