Feeding Therapy

Are you concerned about your child’s feeding development?

Children with feeding and swallowing problems may have a wide variety of symptoms that impact eating.  Pediatric feeding disorders occur when a child avoids eating or limits what or how much he or she will eat and can be related to illness, injury, prematurity, g-tube, sensory aversion or developmental delays.

Signs Your Child May Need Feeding Therapy

  • Considered a “picky eater”
  • Failure to thrive (e.g. weight gain / growth)
  • Refusing new food
  • Irritability (e.g. fussy) during feeding times
  • Difficulty to accept or tolerate different textures of food
  • Difficulty chewing, moving food around the mouth
  • Coughing or gagging during meals
  • Frequent spitting up or vomiting
  • Inability to transition to baby food by 10 months of age
  • Inability to accept table food (e.g. solids) by 12 months
  • Has not weaned off baby food by 16 months
  • Inability to transition from breast milk / bottle to a cup by 16 months

If your child exhibits any of these signs, they may be experiencing feeding difficulties and benefit from an evaluation from our center.

How Can Feeding Therapy for Children Help Your Child?

Feeding therapy at Kara Dodds and Associates helps your child learn how to eat or eat better.  Children are provided the opportunity to improve oral motor, sensory, and experience skills they need to make mealtime more enjoyable and nutritious by using a holistic approach using methods of Talktools®, Susan Evan Morris (Pre Feeding Plan), and the SOS Therapy, Beckman Oral motor and more by targeting oral motor, improved chewing, increased acceptance of different foods, improved sucking and drinking skills and overall improving positive mealtime experiences.

Our Therapists

At Kara Dodds and Associates, we have trained Occupational and Speech Language Pathologists qualified to address feeding disorders in children.

If you have concerns regarding your child’s feeding development contact Kara Dodds & Associates at 619.692.0622 or click the button below to schedule an evaluation to determine current needs.  Based on the evaluation, or therapists will develop recommendations and a treatment plan (e.g. individual, group feeding, parent consultation) specific your child.

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