The Benefits of Feeding Therapy
Feeding therapy can help children with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Down Syndrome or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or with a child who may be a “picky eater”. Therapy can also help children with fears of trying anything new. The goal of feeding therapy is to establish regular nutritious meals.
Feeding Therapy can help your child be a more varied eater and have harmonious mealtimes. Therapy can be beneficial to help you get to the root of why your child may be refusing foods. Some children have anxiety about mealtime and that there won’t be foods that they like to eat.
Eating is a developmental process for children. When a child has difficulty eating, it means they have stalled in the midst of learning a new skill. Regardless of your child’s age, the feeding therapist will begin to teach the step by step process wherever your child is having trouble (e.g. chewing) as a means to reaching the long-term goal of independent, healthy eating.
Feeding therapist can also give you small goals/home programs for you to work with your child each week.