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Feeding Therapy The SOS Approach to feeding assesses the “whole child” examining organ systems, muscles, sensory functioning, oral-motor skills, learning & behavior, cognition, nutrition, and environment, in order to discern underlying reasons for problematic feeding behaviors.

Feeding Therapy and the SOS Method

In keeping with our emphasis on your child, IPT uses the SOS Approach to feeding therapy, which assesses the "whole child" (including organ systems, muscles, sensory, oral-motor, learning/behavior, cognition, nutrition, and environment) in order to discern underlying reasons for problematic feeding behaviors.

A SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding Therapy has proven to be a very effective program to improve success with feeding. Feeding problems can be perplexing for parents and caregivers of children who have difficulty with mealtimes and eating, which is often attributed to the relationship between weight gain and a child's experience with food.

The SOS Approach utilizes exploration and learning about the various properties of food, in order to facilitate enhanced level of comfort for the child in regards to his/her experience with foods. This takes place through allowing the child to interact with foods in a safe, play-based, stress-free manner. A "hierarchy" is introduced in order to build up the child's tolerance for exposure to foods, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and on the plate; then moving on to touching, tasting and eventually eating foods.

SOS Approach to Feeding: Basic Tenets

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Feeding issues can be a source of family frustration and increased conflict, especially during mealtime.

Background and Benefits/Who Developed the SOS Approach to Feeding

The SOS Approach to Feeding Therapy program has been developed over the course of 20 years through the clinical work of Dr. Kay Toomey, in conjunction with colleagues from several different disciplines including: Pediatricians, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dieticians, and Speech Pathologists/Therapists. It is based on, and grounded philosophically in, the "normal" developmental steps, stages, and skills of feeding found in typically developing children.

Does My Child Need Feeding Therapy?

The following is a list of red flags, or indicators, that your child may be a candidate for a referral:

Feeding and Oral Therapy improves communication skills, social development, and self-confidence.

feeding therapy boy drinking

How are Feeding Therapy sessions held/conducted?

Assessment: The child is assessed for all factors contributing to feeding difficulties: including motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical, sensory, and nutritional factors.

Treatment: Treatment sessions utilize the typical developmental steps towards feeding to create a systematic desensitization hierarchy of skills/behaviors necessary for children to progress with eating various textures, and with growing at an appropriate rate.