Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapy is more than just “teaching a child to eat.” Our therapists work closely with children and their families to determine the source of the child’s difficulties and develop very specific therapies to make the entire process of eating easier and more enjoyable, and bring harmony back into your home.

Does my child need feeding therapy?

Your child may benefit from feeding therapy if they experience the following:

  • difficulty with breast or bottle feeding
  • arches away from bottle/breast/food
  • difficulty coordinating the suck/swallow/breathe pattern during bottle or breast feeding
  • feeding takes longer than 30 minutes for infants, 30-40 minutes for toddlers and young children
  • difficulty transitioning to pureed/solid foods
  • difficulty chewing food / swallows food whole
  • eating and swallowing difficulties
  • gagging and/or coughing with eating or drinking
  • pocketing food in the mouth
  • sucking or spitting out food
  • frequently vomits during or after eating
  • fussy or irritable with eating
  • the child seems congested during or after eating
  • failure to gain weight/decline in growth curve
  • “picky eater”/ limited food repertoire
  • food refusals
  • drinks calories
  • resists meals; prefers to snack
  • has sensory integration disorder
  • reflux/GI issues
  • tube feeding dependent
  • tongue tie/lip tie
  • prematurity