If meal times are difficult, should my child's feeding skills be assessed?

If your child has any of the following issues, a feeding assessment might be needed:

  • frequent gagging, choking or vomiting during meals
  • chewing difficulties
  • refusal to try new foods
  • picky eater – only eating certain foods
  • food range of less than 20 foods
  • difficult to feed

On the day of the 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 feeding 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.