If your child has any of the following issues, a feeding assessment might be needed.
It is important to note that feeding difficulties can occur by themselves but are often also seen in children with other developmental disorders (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy).
Feeding skills are vital to ensure that the child is receiving adequate nutrition for his or her development. Eating and drinking are also key tasks that we perform daily in every setting (e.g. home, school) and can affect how we interact with others and our environment.
During the feeding assessment, you will be asked to bring certain foods from home to trial in the session with the therapist. After a thorough interview with the therapist, she will observe your child’s eating and drinking abilities. During the assessment, she might trial some strategies that might improve your child’s feeding skills.
Depending on the outcome of the assessment, feeding therapy might be recommended. Feeding therapy can be conducted in an individual or group setting.
In feeding therapy, trained therapists may use behaviour modification and/or the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. The SOS approach is a play-based method that helps fussy eaters develop a positive relationship with food. It aims to increase interactions with a variety of foods through systematic desensitization.