Picky eating and feeding experts help improve family mealtimes
What role does an Occupational Therapist (OT) play in feeding therapy?
– Investigating if the concern is sensory or behavioural based – Assessing the person, environment and task of eating – Looking at the posture, oral motor skills, fine motor skills – Progresses children through oral motor milestone or food progression (e.g. from liquid to solid, smooth to mixed textures) – Skill acquisition: learning how to use utensils (fork, knife, and spoon)and learning how to transition from bottle to a cup – If your child has a limited diet, an OT can help expand the number and types of food your child will eat
What is feeding therapy?
Feeding therapy consists of much more than just “convincing a child to eat.” Therapists must work with families and the child to understand the underlying reason for the feeding difficulty. They then develop custom therapies that help the child reach new eating goals and improve family mealtime.
When can a baby start feeding themselves?
By about nine to 12 months of age, your baby will show signs that they are ready to feed themselves.
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Feeding Therapy Services
OT Feeding Consult
1-hour session with a specialized occupational therapist
Parent-led. Parents share their child’s feeding concerns
Things to think about before the session:
Safety – Any choking or gagging?
What foods does your child like (preferred)?
What foods does your child avoid (non – preferred)?
What does a meal look like?
In the last 20 – 15 minutes of the session, the occupational therapist will summarize findings and provide recommendations
Following the session, the family will receive an e-mail with a session summary highlighting important findings and recommendations mentioned in the session.
OT Feeding Assessment Package
1.5-hour assessment (At Home or Video Call)
Guided discussion by a specialized occupational therapist
Have at least 3 preferred foods and 3 non-preferred foods
The family prepares a 3-day food log
What information is important: When the child eats; What the child eats; How much does the child eat of each food, and; Where meals take place
Includes an initial assessment
Screening reports: The OT will analyze and summarize the findings from the family interview, feeding observation, and food log. Then will make a list of recommendations
Capacity Building: 1-hour parent meeting to discuss findings, provide a basic feeding plan, coach family on the home program. Family involvement is key to a positive mealtime experience and to find success in feeding therapy
Why work with us?
We are leaders in Pediatric Therapy and forerunners in implementing advanced technology in our treatment model. We help each child through an evidence-based, individualized approach.
As of 2021, we are now offering dedicated feeding therapy services.