Feeding Therapy

Our feeding therapists support your child’s interaction with foods to foster a positive mealtime experience for the whole family and expand food repertoire. Our therapists use a variety of feeding therapy approaches to create mealtime goals, including aspects of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, the Get Permission Approach, and the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. With your family's priorities in mind, our feeding therapists will work collaboratively with you and your child to help you achieve your goals.

Our therapists have experience and knowledge working with children with a variety of feeding challenges, including:

  • Reduced and/or restricted diet
  • Delayed oral motor skills, including difficulty chewing, drinking, and/or swallowing
  • Difficulty transitioning between milestones (e.g. breast/bottle to purees, purees to solids, etc.)
  • Picky eaters

How do I know if my child needs a feeding therapy evaluation?

A feeding therapy evaluation may be beneficial if your child:

  • Demonstrates aversions to specific food groups, textures, or temperatures
  • Tolerates less than 15 foods
  • Gags, chokes, or vomits during mealtimes
  • Demonstrates ongoing poor weight gain or weight loss
  • Has a history of nasal or gastric reflux
  • Has a history of a traumatic choking incident
  • Has difficulty transitioning to age-appropriate foods (bottle to purees, purees to solids)
  • Is an infant who cries and/or arches at most meals

If you are interested in learning more about our feeding therapy services or to set up your first appointment, please contact us at (773) 332-9439 or fill out our contact us form.