Feeding therapy introduces new foods to picky eaters in a safe, play-based environment.
At Little Steps, we follow the SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) Approach to feeding. This method is based on research that indicates feeding difficulties are almost always due to oral motor delays and/ or difficulties with sensory processing. We consider the normal developmental stages of eating and build up children’s skills in these areas so that they can manage a wide variety of foods.
If you would like more information on our Feeding Therapy program or would like to register your child for group or individual Feeding Therapy services, please contact our office by phone at (250) 386-1171 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
IS FEEDING THERAPY A GOOD PROGRAM FOR MY CHILD?
WHERE DOES FEEDING THERAPY HAPPEN?
HOW LONG WILL MY CHILD BE IN FEEDING THERAPY?
WHEN WILL MY CHILD START TO EAT NEW FOODS?
For many children, there are about 32 steps to eating, and during feeding therapy sessions, we support children to progress at least one step higher with a variety of foods. This is often a slow process, but it leads to long-term gains as your child learns about foods with support at a pace that’s right for them.
WHY IS PARENT INVOLVEMENT SO IMPORTANT?
To have the progress that we see in feeding therapy carry over to home, we ask that you start to do feeding therapy at home. This allows your child to receive feeding therapy more than once a week, gives him/her more practice in a positive, supportive manner, and helps the skills generalize to new environments. We believe that this is so important to your child’s success, that we require parental involvement during feeding therapy.
DO YOU RECOMMEND A GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS?
We recommend individual therapy if the child needs more support to progress through the steps of eating or if the group’s schedule does not work for the child or their parent.