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Feeding Therapy

Help your infant with oral motor skills, starting solids, or problem-solving issues with eating.

Help your toddler or older child gain confidence and comfort around food. 

Help your child with medical concerns to increase their ability to eat and engage with feeding skills. 

Individual services are provided by a licensed occupational therapist with advanced training in oral-motor development, sensory-based feeding difficulties, medical complexities, and social-emotional and behavioral difficulties surrounding eating/feeding.

Feeding Therapy: Services

Feeding Therapy Information

Deciding if feeding therapy is right for your child?

If you have any questions, or feel your child might benefit from feeding therapy,
contact today to discuss a Wonderland Therapy Feeding Evaluation today!

Does my child need Feeding Therapy?

Your child may benefit from a feeding evaluation if your child: 

  • has difficulty with breastfeeding/nursing or bottle feeding

  • has difficulty transitioning to solid table foods

  • has sensory difficulties with foods

    • is resistant to accepting new textures

    • has a hard time with the smell or look of food

  • frequently gags on food

  • has a selective diet or food refusals

  • has "picky eating" lasting more than a few weeks

  • feeding causes stress at family mealtimes

    • for child and/or caregiver​

  • experiences reflux, choking, gagging, or vomiting during or after meals

  • has difficulty transitioning off bottle or drinking from cups or straws

  • Frequently drools or has open mouth position during the day/night 

  • has a medical condition leading to feeding difficulties

    • receives nutrition/hydration through tube feedings (ng-tube, g-tube, etc) 

    • relies on nutritional supplements (pediasure, etc) 

    • is underweight for his/her age (i.e. diagnosis of Failure to Thrive (FTT))

Feeding Evaluation

Feeding Evaluation will include: 

  • Review of medical, feeding, and overall development history

  • Oral skills assessment

  • Sensory Processing assessment

  • Motor skills assessment

  • Observation of feeding/eating

  • Parent Questionnaire

  • Individual recommendations, which may include:

    • mealtime suggestions, home-based activities, sensory and/or motor skill activities, and/or seating recommendations

  • Recommendations for on-going treatment plan

  • Goal setting with child and family

Medical Conditions

Research has supported that patients with the following diagnoses and/or medical histories can benefit from feeding therapy services: 

Individuals with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders 

  • Sensory Processing Difficulties

  • Developmental Disorders

  • Down Syndrome

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Genetic Syndromes 

  • Pre-term birth 

  • Failure to thrive/low weight

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • Cleft Lip/Palate

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders

  • Respiratory disorders

  • Cardiac Conditions

Feeding Therapy: List
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