Mother feeding child who has learned to like a variety of nutritional foods

Better Feeding for Greater Health

We understand taking on the task of feeding can be overwhelming and stressful, especially for parents of children with limited eating habits or who demonstrate problematic behaviors when presented with unfamiliar foods. Our Feeding Therapy program is intensive and provides ongoing support for families while their child is moving along in their journey to enjoying more foods.

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What You Should Know About Our Feeding Therapy Program

Our Feeding Therapy program is designed to increase the amount or type of food consumed by our learners. We understand:

  • Children refuse food for many reasons, such as texture, color, type or simply because it is new.
  • It is common for children to build strong preferences for the foods they do consume. These preferred foods may not be nutritional or could even be harmful if the child has food allergies or intolerances.
  • Removing preferred foods can sometimes result in problematic behaviors, such as aggression, tantrums and property destruction, to name a few, behavioral therapy can help.

Our Feeding Behavior Therapy Program:

  1. Begins with an initial assessment of the learner’s current food preferences, as well as the foods that are most commonly refused. Parents are a very important part of this process and will help guide the program’s goals for overall food consumption.
  2. Following the assessment, the program will be tailored to the child’s needs.
  3. Our therapists will implement the feeding program with close oversight from our clinical supervisors. We can hold sessions either in your home – which is recommended for more intensive cognitive behavior therapy sessions – or at one of our clinic locations. On average, we recommend at least two sessions per week. Depending on the type of feeding issue, our therapists present a non-preferred food with a highly preferred food. The child gets to access the preferred food when they take a bite of the non-preferred food. We shape up the behavior with the non-preferred food so they are not overwhelmed with having to take a bite of something “awful” the very first time.
  4. Data will be collected each session, and daily analysis of the child’s behavior will drive the program to a successful completion.
  5. Parents will be trained on all behavior therapy procedures used to ensure that progress lasts over time.