🎓Feeding Therapy Graduation🎓
Luke has met his long-term feeding goal of expanding his food inventory to an age-appropriate level. Each week, Luke demonstrated improvement in pacing between each food bite, consuming appropriate bite-size pieces of food trials, and trying new foods consistently through parent report. I am so proud of his progress! Luke was a hard worker each week and was always ready to walk into therapy sessions and work on his feeding skills!
What is Feeding Therapy?
Feeding therapy, is provided by a trained occupational or speech therapist to teach your child how to eat or eat better. During the evaluation process, we will discover your child’s underlying issues to eating. This may be sensory, motor, or a combination of both. Your therapist will devise a plan for working on addressing the underlying barriers to your child’s ability to eat an age-appropriate meal. There are different approaches to feeding therapy including sensory, motor, and behavioral models—finding a good fit for your child is imperative.
I am working with an amazing young girl. This young woman has many obstacles. But what amazes me is that this young girl can over come many diversities. One of her goals was to be more comfortable with different textures to improve her willingness to eat different textures. When we started to play with textures like with glue and paper she would move her body away from the glue and she would just drop them on the paper. Today we were able to make a flower with different food textures. We used glue, oatmeal, corn, beans, raisins as well as corn meal. She did not move her body away from the craft as well as she was more willing to put the different textures in the glue. Her mom also reported that she was more willing to touch mashed potato this past week. It is amazing to see how this girl is developing and overcoming her fears!" Arina, OTR/L