Feeding Therapy

At A to Z Pediatric therapy we have several therapists specializing in feeding disorders during childhood. We believe mealtimes should be fun and social events without tears. Our therapists work with your children to facilitate positive interactions with foods using tenants of behavior modification and the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding.

The SOS Feeding approach focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level with foods while exploring and learning about different properties of foods. Children interact with foods in a playful, functional, non-stressful manner. We follow a hierarchy of tolerations food in front of the child, then moving to touching and tasting, and finally consuming a variety of foods.

About Feeding Disorders

There are many steps involved in the eating process and children have to learn these steps. Sometimes that doesn’t happen independently. As children develop they learn the stages and finesse of eating. However, a child with a feeding disorder will continue having difficulties with feeding as they age. Additionally, some children are picky eaters and will eat only certain foods, or they may take a long time to eat. These children may also have a feeding disorder.

Signs of Feeding Disorders

Your child may have a feeding or swallowing problem if she:

  • Cries or fusses when feeding

  • Has trouble breathing while eating and drinking

  • Negative behaviors at meal times

  • Eats only certain textures, such as soft food or crunchy food

  • Takes a long time to eat

  • Has problems chewing

  • GI/ Reflux issues

  • Gets stuffy during meals

  • Spits up or throws up a lot

  • Is not gaining weight or growing