The Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding: Picky Eaters or Problem Feeders

The approach combines sensory, motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical, and nutritional factors and approaches in order to fully evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

We always perform a complete oral motor and oral mechanism exam to determine the strength and abilities of the facial muscles to assess if it is impacting a child’s eating.

Feeding Therapy for Infants: What are the Warning Signs?

  • If your infant always throwing up bottles?
  • Does your infant have reflux?
  • Does your infant have poor latching when breast feeding?
  • Do you feel as though your infant isn’t eating enough?
  • Does your infant cough frequently?
  • Does your infant cry when when feeding?
  • Is your infant not gaining weight?
  • Are you looking for specific bottles to help support feeding?
  • Are you looking for bottles to feed your child that works the best for your child?
  • Does your child have lots of gas and cries frequently from discomfort of gas?

Feeding Therapy for Babies and Toddlers: What are the Warning Signs?

  • Are you having a struggle transitioning from a bottle to baby foods and first foods?
  • Do you described your baby or toddler as “picky?”
  • Does your child have a hard time chewing and swallowing?
  • Is your baby or toddler refusing to try new foods?
  • Is your baby or toddler unable to chew and swallow food safely?
  • Is your baby or toddler gagging?
  • Does your baby or toddler cries when trying new foods?
  • Is your baby or toddler not eating enough for meals?
  • Is your baby or toddler only eating a few pieces of food then saying “all done” or ” I am full?”
  • Are you making more than one meal at night because your toddler refuses to eat what others are eating?

Feeding Therapy for Children: What are the warning signs?

  • Is your child considered a “picky eater”?
  • Does your child refuse to eat something because of the way foods smells, tastes, feels, or how it looks?
  • Is your child unwilling to try new foods?
  • Does your child gag by looking or smelling food?
  • Does your child only eat a few foods over and over again?
  • Are you making more than one meal for dinner and lunch time because your child refuses to eat what you are eating?
  • Does your child get to the table and say “all done” before eating anything?
  • Is mealtime always a battle?

Feeding Therapy for Teens: What are the Warning Signs?

  • Only eating a smaller variety of foods
  • Avoiding foods because aversions to textures, smells, tastes, and how food looks
  • Avoiding foods because it is too difficult to eat?
  • Avoiding social situations because they don’t eat what others are eating?
  • Is your children considered a “picky eater?”
  • Are you making more than one meal at night so your children will eat?

WE CAN HELP!!! Call and Schedule a Feeding Evaluation Today!