Feeding therapy helps infants and children with a wide array of feeding difficulties which may range from behavioral, structural, and physiological issues.
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. Feeding 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. A speech language pathologist (SLP) or occupational therapist (OT) is the trained medical professional that provides feeding and swallowing therapy.
How long does feeding therapy take?
The length and frequency of therapy depends upon each child’s needs. The child’s therapy team will work with the child and his or her caregivers to make sure the child gets the right amount of therapy so that he or she can progress without feeling too overwhelmed.