Today’s session was with both an OT and SLP. The child was seated in a chair with full back and leg support. He was at a table and provided with metal child sized utensils both a fork and a spoon. It is important to conduct feeding therapy while mimicking meal time patterns like sitting with others at the table.
Foods offered are healthy, and we always take the family’s needs in mind. We are also a nut free clinic. We try to offer foods varying in flavor, textures, temperature and color.
For this session the child was offered broccoli, carrot noodles, string beans and corn. The vegetables were prepared on the stove by sautéing in butter with some Italian seasoning.
When the food is offered even if a child protests it will stay on the table in front. The child is encouraged to look at the food and become comfortable with it through sight and smell. Food play is also encouraged in order to help with desensitizing and increasing their comfort with handling new foods. This will ultimately help with consumption of different textures.
We use a step by step approach to eating for children who are hesitant to new foods. First we encourage the child brings the food to their mouth to touch or kiss their lips. Then we encourage tasting the food. Last we encourage chewing and swallowing the food.
We offer foods multiple times even if refused to a child in order to build up their exposure to the foods. Also, if the food is consumed by the child and liked we will alter it the following session by adding a new component to it. We may change the food by adding in a meat or taking the food and presenting it with a sauce or in a soup.
If you believe your child could benefit from this kind of therapy contact our clinic to schedule an initial visit!