Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapy is a service offered to help reduce the difficulty associated with eating for some children! Whether your child has sensory challenges or physical challenges or both, our structured approach to feeding can help! We are using the SOS Approach to Feeding! The SOS Approach is an evidence-based approach (I mean FULL of evidence) used to reduce the difficulties children (and parents) face when it comes to feeding! It is solely based on playing with a purpose! The philosophy with the SOS Approach is grounded in the typical stages of development of feeding! Therefore, it creates an interactive environment that facilitates interaction with foods in a fun, playful, non-stressful way!!

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WOULD YOUR CHILD BENEFIT FROM FEEDING THERAPY?

Read through this list of “red flags” for feeding difficulties. The more questions you answer “yes” to, the more likely your child can benefit from feeding therapy!

DOES YOUR CHILD…

  • Have ongoing poor weight gain or weight loss?
  • Have ongoing choking, gagging, or coughing during meals?
  • Have ongoing problems with vomiting?
  • Avoid all foods in a specific texture (wet, squishy, crunchy, etc.)
  • Have less than 20 foods that they are able to consistently eat?

HAS YOUR CHILD HAD…

  • More than one incident of nasal reflux (vomiting or spitting up out their nose?)
  • A traumatic choking incident, where the child choked on something and then stopped eating certain foods?
  • A history of eating and breathing coordination problems, with ongoing respiratory issues?

HAVE YOU (AS A PARENT OR CAREGIVER..

  • Reported child as being “picky” at 2 or more well-child check ups?
  • Reported infant cries and/or arches back at most meals?
  • Felt like mealtimes are a battle, and that you are always fighting about food with your child?
  • Reported that your child is difficult for everyone to feed?
  • Had a history of an eating disorder, in addition to having a child who is not meeting weight gain goals? (NOTE: parents are not viewed as causing the feeding problem in their child, but may be more stressed and need extra support around meals)

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions, feeding therapy can help! The earlier you begin, the better!!

Pediatric Feeding Intervention
feeding intervention

Our feeding therapists are qualified to identify feeding issues from infants to older kids. Issues can include difficulty with swallowing phases or food aversion. Using a variety of techniques (oral motor, sensory, behavioral), our therapists will work with families to provide help. .

Summer Intensive Camp For Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy
Summer intensive camps

Camps during the summer allow our clients more time to practice their speech sounds and language development while engaging in fun activities with others.   Themes include, drama, science, building and art.

Speech Therapy
Therapy

We offer an interactive therapy model within our clinic.  All of our therapy rooms are designed for individual and/or group therapy.  This allows for multiple communication environments and partners.

Evaluations Speech and Occupational Therapy
Speech Evaluations

We offer evaluations for all areas of speech and language productions and understanding.  Our assessments are performed by a team using standardized scores, language sampling (formal and play based) as well as checklists and observations.

Social Skills Speech Therapy
Social Skills group

Communicating socially is a primary focus at Crown Pediatric.  Initiating conversation, maintaining topics and talking with others along with transferring these skills to school, home or play is a necessary skill.  We offer weekly social skills groups to facilitate learning these skills.

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