Intensive Feeding Therapy
My child only eats a limited variety of foods, how can feeding therapy help expand his diet?
- Floortime Feeding therapy takes a closer look into the various reasons causing difficulties with eating. Therapists then create an individualized treatment plan targeting the specific needs of your child with the goal in mind of increasing their repertoire of food to make meal time a more positive experience.
How do I know the right time to begin feeding therapy?
- If your child is experiencing any of the following difficulties, then feeding therapy is warranted: family mealtimes feel like battles, eats fewer than 20 different foods, poor weight gain, traumatic incidents with food such as choking, gagging, and/or vomiting.
Why should my child come to The Floortime Center for feeding therapy?
- At The Floortime Center, therapists trained in Th Greenspan Floortime Approach and The Sequential-Oral-Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding gear sessions towards keeping the child engaged and interested while targeting specific feeding goals. We differ from more traditional feeding therapy practices and programs by recognizing the emotional capacities and challenges that can be found around food and mealtime experiences. Our multidisciplinary team of therapists including occupational therapists and speech language pathologists work closely with parents for a highly collaborative approach towards meeting individualized feeding goals.
The overall goal of the intensive feeding program will be to create a foundation in key areas that are effecting age appropriate feeding, as well as provide parents with education and treatment ideas for the home for carryover of progress and generalization of skills.
Goals of feeding therapy include:
- Increase positive feelings with mealtime routines and with food
- Increase intake and repertoire of food
- Improve oral motor skills necessary for eating age appropriate foods
- Decrease sensory aversions to certain textures and tastes to food
- Decrease behaviors that interfere with eating
- Floortime intensive feeding therapy programs are tailored to meet the needs of the individual child and programs can last anywhere from 8-12 weeks or more.
- Prior to beginning the intensive program, a feeding evaluation or consult will be performed to create an individualized feeding program for each child.
- Each week, the child will be seen by both an occupational therapist and speech language pathologist.