Feeding

Our clinic now offers feeding therapy services for infants to young adults. We have therapists on staff whom are certified in the SOS Approach (Sequential Oral Sensory Approach). These therapists (Megan Halliday, M.S. OTR/L, Barbara Farnsworth, COTA/L, Cara Jackson, MOTR/L, Erin Browne M.Ed CF-SLP) have been trained in treatment strategies for children with feeding difficulties. Two additional therapists (Heather Carpenter, MOTR/L and Whitney Scott M.S. CCC-SLP) are certified in The Beckman Oral Feeding Protocol to improve oral motor deficits. 

If your child is struggling to eat, these therapists can help improve skills for mealtime. 

The SOS approach involves introducing foods in a playful environment that allows children to explore and engage in discovering new tastes, smells, and textures. The goal is to create a positive and enjoyable experience with food and meal times. These therapists work closely with parents to increase carry over from the clinic to home and promote a well-rounded feeding environment. 

Review the information below for the difference between picky and problem feeders by Dr. Kay A. Toomey. The information below is from the SOS Approach Website and is not our own. For more information visit http://sosapproach-conferences.com/resources/picky-eaters-vs-problem-feeders/ Call our office today (941) 745-5111 to find out how your child can receive an official feeding evaluation. 

The Beckman Oral Motor approach addresses oral motor skills are critical to basic functions that occur even when we are asleep, such as controlling secretions, swallowing, and maintaining alignment of the oral structures so that breathing is not interrupted. 

For more information visit https://www.beckmanoralmotor.com/index.php 

Picky Eaters Vs. Problem Eaters by Dr. Kay A. Toomey (SOS Approach Website)

PICKY EATER 

PROBLEM EATER

Decreased range/variety of foods but will eat > 30 foods

Restricted range or variety of foods, usually < 20

Foods lost due to “burn out” usually regained after 2 weeks

Foods lost are NOT re-acquired

Tolerates new foods on plate and usually can touch or taste

Cries/falls apart with new foods

Eats > 1 food from most all food texture groups or nutrition groups

Refuses entire categories of food textures or nutrition group

Typically eats WITH family but frequently eats different foods than family

Usually eats different foods than family and often eats ALONE

Sometimes reported as “picky eater” at well child checks

Persistently reported as “picky eater” across multiple well child checks

According to pediatric rehabilitation information on Ebrary.net an online academic library, this is a milestones chart depicting feeding and postural developmental sequence