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Feeding therapy focuses on a number of factors that may prevent your child from being able to receive proper nutrition. Our speech and occupational therapists focus on helping children to increase independence in feeding skills, promote tolerance to different types of food, reduce hypersensitivity, and improve oral motor control. Therapeutic treatment may address but are not limited to the following concerns.
In the feeding program a speech therapist may address but are not limited to the following conditions:
Difficulty feeding immediately following birth; arching or stiffening body during feeding; cannot suck for more than five minutes; liquids or solids coming up through the nose; tongue and or lip ties; prolongued use of bottle, pacifier, thumb or finger sucking; reoccuring pnemonia or respiratory infections; history of reflux or frequently spitting up.
In the feeding program an occupational therapist may address but are not limited to the following conditions:
Has a limited diet; dislikes having messy hands; aversive to touch, smell, or sight of foods; gags or vomits at the site of new foods; struggles with coordination to use utensils; poor attention to sit for meals; only eats certain colors or texture; aversive to toothbrushing; overstuffs mouth.
Both speech and occupational therapy can help your child if they present any of the following:
-Mealtime is frustrating or stressful
-It takes longer than 30 minutes to eat
-Overstuffs the mouth
-Has excessive drooling or gagging
-Is losing or not gaining weight
-Has a limited variety in diet.