Feeding Therapy

What is Feeding Therapy?

Feeding is one of the most complex physiological tasks and is a critical component of healthy development. A child’s ability to receive adequate nutrition and develop a healthy relationship with food involves many factors. The CI feeding team, including both occupational and speech therapists, offer assessment and intervention aimed at addressing underlying factors that impact feeding and swallowing. Each feeding session is designed to reduce the stress associated with food-based experiences and promote interaction with food in a playful way! If your child is experiencing any of the following problems they may be a candidate for individualized therapy:

  • Coughing, Choking, or Gagging During Meals
  • Inadequate Weight Gain / Failure to Thrive
  • Weakness of the Mouth or Face
  • Difficulty Chewing or Swallowing
  • Resistance to Food / Food Refusal
  • Behavioral Concerns Surrounding Food Experiences
  • History of Eating and Breathing Coordination Problems
  • An Infant who Cries and/or Arches at Most Meals
  • Inability to Accept Solid Food by 12 Months of Age
  • Inability to Transition from Breast/Bottle to Cup
  • “Picky” Eating / Food Range of Less than 20 Foods
  • Family Distress Around Food and Meal Times