Feeding Therapy


estside Children’s Therapy utilizes a transdisciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties. Our team of occupational therapists and speech therapist use the S.O.S approach to feeding focusing on treating the “whole child”. Our program helps to identify picky eaters vs. problem feeders, and we integrate the family into our sessions to ensure that skills generalize into the home. Our goal is to allow the child to interact with a variety of food through fun, playful and multisensory approaches. Our treatment interventions integrate posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, oral motor, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems. Parent education and participation is key in the success of our approach.

” When you walk in the door you are greeted with a warm smile and hello. It’s like you are visiting your family and friends. My son is receiving ABA, PT, OT, ST and Feeding Therapy. I like the fact that all therapies are in one location, where the therapist can communicate about my son, and we can get a well rounded therapy session. All of the therapists are great and they really care about my son.”

The Bell Family

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Occupational Therapy

Feeding Therapy specializes in the following disorders and intervention techniques:

  • Group Feeding Therapy
  • Picky eater (a food range of less than 20 foods)
  • Poor weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Infant Feeding (0-24 months)
  • Bottle Feeding Transitions
  • Continued choking/gagging during mealtimes
  • Vomiting
  • More than one incidence of nasal reflux
  • Ongoing respiratory problems stemming from poor breathing-eating coordination
  • Inability to transition to pureed foods by 10 months or solid foods by 12 months
  • Inability to transition from bottle to cup by 16 months
  • Aversion to or avoidance of an entire food group or texture group
  • Crying and/or arching at most meals (infants)
  • Oral Pharyngeal Dysphagia
  • Cleft lip or palate
  • Oral aversion
  • G-tube placement
  • GERD
  • Hypotonia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Moebius Syndrome
  • Prader Willie Syndrome
  • Di George Syndrome
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder