What are feeding Problems?
- Inadequate caloric intake resulting in failure to thrive
- Food refusal
- Bottle dependence
- Failure to advance in textures
- Food selectivity
- Pharyngeal dysfunction: cough, choke, gag
What is a therapeutic feeding program?
The goal of a therapeutic feeding program is to develop a set of techniques that support safe feeding and maximize a patient’s postural stability, muscle tone, sensory processing, and oral sensory motor skills.
What is the goal of a feeding program?
- To ensure your child gets adequate nutrition
- To ensure your child develops the sensory-motor skills required to support safe and effective eating.
Is your child a picky eater?
Behavioral issues are rarely the cause of feeding issues, but rather the result of underlying factors. Often sensory motor in nature.
A successful therapeutic feeding program requires the clinician to identify sensory motor factors, refer to a specialist when necessary, and address sensory motor factors.
Oral Motor Intervention
Work on striated muscles which improve range of motion and/or strength via interventions which are graded and controlled to move the muscle group through a full range of activation.
Goals of Oral-Motor/ Feeding therapy are:
- To work on normal/typical movement patterns
- To normalize oral sensitivity
- To increase awareness of the oral mechanism
- To improve feeding skills and nutritional intake: chewing, straw drinking, and cup drinking.