Feeding Therapy

Feeding is something that we often assume will come naturally to children.

While it’s expected that they may go through phases of wanting grilled cheese sandwiches for every meal, and that broccoli may never be their favorite vegetable, sometimes the concerns are more severe.

If your child is struggling with texture aversions, swallowing, chewing or other development delays, we’re here to help. See below for some of the most common reasons that children have issues with feeding.

  • Reflux, stomach problems
  • Low birth weight or premature
  • Sensory difficulties
  • Behavior difficulties
  • Muscle weakness in the head and neck
  • Autism
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Developmental delays

Does your child need an assessment?

Are you unsure if your child’s feeding habits are cause for concern or simply a kid being a kid? Read on for some signs that there may be an underlying cause for your feeding time stress.

  • Coughs or gags during meals
  • Eats only certain textures (i.e. crunchy, soft, etc.)
  • Has problems chewing
  • Takes a long time to eat
  • Refuses to eat or drink
  • Cries of fusses when feeding
  • Is not gaining weight or growing
  • Accepts limited foods

Teaching Techniques

Here is an additional resource from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for you to review while you consider if feeding therapy may be right for your child.

Goodwin Therapy Specialists has locations in Fort Worth and Haslet, Texas.

 

The ability to eat establishes a balanced diet and a healthy relationship with food early on.

If you have further questions regarding feeding therapy, or would like to schedule an initial evaluation.
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