Our clinic now offers feeding therapy services for infants to young adults. We have three 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 Pogan, MOTR/L) have been trained in treatment strategies for children with feeding difficulties. 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.



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


Picky Eaters

  • Decreased range or variety of foods that will eat = 30 foods or more
  • Foods lost due to “burn out” because of a food jag are usually re-gained after a 2 week break
  • Able to tolerate new foods on plate and usually can touch or taste a new food (even if reluctantly)
  • Eats at least one food from most all food texture groups
  • Frequently eats a different set of foods than the rest of the family, but usually eats with the family
  • Will add new foods to repertoire in 15-25 steps on Steps to Eating Hierarchy
  • Sometimes reported by parent as a “picky eater” at well-child check-ups

Problem Feeders

  • Restricted range or variety of foods, usually less than 20 different foods
  • Foods lost due to food jags are NOT re-acquired
  • Cries and “falls apart” when presented with new foods
  • Refuses entire categories of food textures
  • Almost always eats different foods than the family
  • Adds new foods in more than 25 steps

Persistently reported by parent as a “picky eater” across multiple well-child check-ups


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