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