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Is Feeding Therapy the Answer for My Family?

Oral Function & Feeding Therapy: More Than Just a Picky Eater

Does your child:

· Refuse to try new foods

· Accept only a limited variety of foods

· Have problems chewing or swallowing

· Have a diagnosed medical condition that impacts feeding

Why Feeding Therapy?

Mealtime should be an enjoyable experience for both the parent and the child. Difficulty eating or drinking can cause frustration and put the child at risk of serious health conditions. The goal of feeding therapy is to help the child safely eat and drink and promote positive feeding experiences.

What happens during therapy?

Feeding therapy focuses on providing support, strategies, and techniques to both the child and the family. Family members are present in each therapy session and work with the therapist to develop an individualized plan for each child.

Therapy outcomes can include:

· Developing age appropriate eating skills

· Reducing drooling or tongue thrusting

· Expanding the variety of foods the child will accept

· Improving oral motor strength

Together we can let the good bites roll!

April Anderson, MA, CCC-SLP, CLC

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