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Feeding & Swallowing Therapy

  • Breast and Bottle Feeding • Infant Feeding

  • Difficulting Transitioning to Solid Foods

  • Oral-Motor Feeding Disorders

  • Dysphagia/Swallowing

  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

  • Sensory and Oral Aversion

  • Picky Eating

  • Weaning from Tube Feedings

  • Failure To thrive

  • Tongue-tie

  • Lip-Tie

  • Cleft Palate

  • Recurring Pneumonia ​

At The Therapy SPOT, we take a multi-disciplinary approach to feeding and swallowing therapy to address: 

Breast and Bottle Feeding • Infant Feeding • Difficulty Transitioning to Solid Foods

Oral-Motor Feeding Disorders • Dysphagia/Swallowing

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) •  Sensory and Oral Aversion • Picky Eating

Weaning from Tube Feedings • Failure to Thrive • Tongue-tie • Lip-tie

Cleft Palate • Recurring Pneumonia ​

We Can Help!

Evaluations

Evaluations assess a child's feeding and swallowing skills based on parent concerns and medical and developmental history. During the evaluation, the occupational or speech therapist will use a combination of the following to evaluate your child:

  • Parent interview about your child's developmental and medical history

  • Gather information about current food preferences and aversions, feeding habits

  • Develop a sensory profile

  • If appropriate, we will trial preferred and non-preferred foods to assess acceptance, tolerance, and aversion

Following the evaluation, we will discuss the results along with our recommendations. If feeding therapy is recommended, we collaborate with parents to develop a plan of treatment and goals. 

Therapy

Using evidence-based strategies with a whole-child approach, our therapy focuses on increasing a child's oral feeding and tolerance level by creating a calm and safe environment for food exploration. We often take a collaborative approach within our team to address sensory needs, fine motor skills, and oral-motor development at the same time as working on feeding. Our team continuously participates in continuing education and has also pursued advanced training and/or certification in the following treatment approaches. 

  • SOS Approach to Feeding

  • Beckman Oral Motor

  • Talk Tools - Oral Placement Therapy

  • GOMAP Infant & Toddler Feeding

  • The AEIOU Systematic Approach to Pediatric Feeding

  • Melanie Potock - Pediatric Feeding Courses

Whether we are addressing challenging mealtime behavior or supporting an infant with a cleft palate, parents actively participate in our therapy and will be provided programs for home practice.

Signs of a Feeding or Swallowing Disorder

  • Low weight gain or failure to thrive

  • Avoiding certain foods due to texture, color, and/or smell

  • Challenging or avoidant behavior at mealtimes

  • Eating a limited number of foods

  • Eliminating foods that were previously tolerated or enjoyed

  • Choking, gagging, or vomiting when eating

  • Oral aversion due to prolonged tube feeding

  • Prolonged bottle feedings