Feeding Therapy

Feeding Therapy

What is Feeding Therapy?

Feeding therapy is facilitating the activities of feeding, eating, and swallowing safely; ensuring appropriate set up, equipment, and instruction for the client and relevant others to meet identified nutritional guidelines; ensuring adequate performance of the components of the oral, pharyngeal and esophageal phases of swallow; and holistically addressing the physical, psychosocial, and cultural factors associated with feeding, eating, and swallowing.

Feeding Therapy at Child Development Institute

Feeding services are provided by both Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists utilizing a relationship based approach to feeding therapy. CDI provides essential services in the comprehensive management of feeding, eating, and swallowing conditions for clients with a variety of diagnoses.

CDI’s Feeding Therapists are trained and/or have certification in:

    • S.O.S. Feeding Therapy approach
    • Dysphagia
    • Sensory integration

Common concerns addressed:

    • Picky eating (more than 30 foods, but frequent food “burn out”)
    • Problem feeders (less than 20 different foods)
    • Restricted diets due to medical or allergy concerns
    • Oral motor related feeding concerns
    • Difficulty touching or eating various textures, temperatures or smells
    • Limited self-feeding skills

CDI is available to answer any of your questions or concerns about your child’s development. For more information, contact Tessa Graham, Director of Clinical Programs at  818-888-4559 or email tgraham@cdikids.org.

  • Child Development Institute
    818-888-4559

  • Early Learning Center
    818-712-0453

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