Feeding therapy helps children learn how to eat or how to eat better. Feeding therapists provide therapy and are usually occupational therapists or speech language pathologist (SLP).
Feeding therapy helps infants and children with a wide array of feeding and swallowing difficulties which may range from behavioral, structural, and physiological issues. Therapy is used to help infants and children who have difficulties sucking, chewing, feeding or swallowing.
The earlier a child is in therapy to address these problems the better their growth, nutrition and future eating outcomes.
How long does feeding therapy take?
The length and frequency of therapy depends upon each child’s needs. The child’s therapist will work with the child and caregivers to make sure the child gets the right amount of therapy. A key focus is to not overwhelm the child with too much at one time.
If you are a parent concerned about your child’s food selectivity, food or texture refusal, mealtime tantrums, reduced food or liquid intake, or swallowing, your child may benefit from feeding therapy.