Feeding For Toddlers and Picky-Eaters
Feeding therapy will make eating easier for your child.
Make Eating Fun and Enjoyable
For kids with feeding disorders, it can be all the more challenging. Feeding tubes and devices may help but it may make for a displeasing eating experience.
You may start to notice that feeding issues can rapidly turn into a desperate situation at home. It can result in poor weight gain, choking hazards, and an overall aversion to eating.
If you’d like your child to:
What Makes Proper Feeding Important
Different muscle groups are responsible for each stage of feeding. When these muscles are not working, it can lead to different feeding disorders. These disorders (such as cerebral palsy or childhood apraxia) can affect your child’s ability to suck or swallow foods, eat from a spoon, chew or drink.
Some solutions to pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders (or PFD) introduce tools such as feeding tubes. However, introducing new tools may also make your child wary of eating, resulting in the opposite effect.
Feeding therapy can help put your child at ease with the feeding process. They will build a more positive relationship to feeding and become independent during snack times and meal times.
Is feeding therapy only for those with feeding disorders?
For example, picky-eating can be tedious for both parent and child and may also require feeding therapy intervention.
Have A Picky-Eater At Home?
Pickiness can go beyond favoring certain foods. Your child may also:
While it’s possible to search for tips and tricks online, it can grow incredibly frustrating to try many things and not have them work.
Your therapist can help get to the root of your child’s eating habits aversion. With a personalized plan, you will see significant progress with your child’s feeding habits.
What can I expect from a feeding therapy evaluation?
After this initial interview your therapist will observe how your child eats. In an online session, this would be required through a live call or a recording. This initial assessment process will help them create a custom plan for your child’s feeding success.
Feeding Therapy for Children
They can help you help your child with:
How Apheleia Speech Therapy Can Help
Therapy for Picky-Eaters
Understand more of your child’s food aversion and help them be more open to more foods and healthy eating.
Help your child get comfortable with suitable eating methods and be more at ease during feeding.
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