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Understanding Problem Feeders

Problem Feeders can be tricky to understand, especially as they get older. Why will he eat the school’s chicken nuggets but not mine? Why will he eat grilled cheese at grandma’s house, but not at home? How did it get this bad?!

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Eating at School

Eating at school is often the hardest meal for Problem Feeders. There is a LOT going on, from overwhelming smells, friends to talk to, and not enough time.

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Tips for Problem Feeders

Quick tips to help make therapy and mealtimes go a little more smoothly.

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Strategies to Help the Problem Feeder

Working with Problem Feeders can be tricky, especially because many times the child also has another diagnosis, such as Autism, or requires a feeding tube or other special diet modifications.

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Matching Nutrition to Skills

Understanding your client’s oral motor skill level will be instrumental in helping their parents and caregivers serve them foods that are prepared the correct way, which will result in a larger volume of food at each meal.

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Parent Education

Parent Education is one of the required components of the SOS Approach to Feeding Program. This page contains the required lessons that need to be taught to parents/caregivers as well as strategies for helping families be successful in implementing these strategies.

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Adapting SOS to Your Setting

Explore strategies for adapting SOS into other settings, including home based services and schools. Also included are resources for starting groups.

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Managing Specialized Diets

Understanding and managing specialized diets can be a lot of extra work, especially if you aren’t used to reading labels. From gluten-free to Kosher to g-tubes, we have it covered in this section.

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Options for Formulas and Milk Alternatives

Understanding food sensitivities and sneaky ingredients can help us support parents in finding a drink that can provide well rounded nutrition for their child.

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Food Jags

Some children, especially those with feeding difficulties, prefer to eat the same food prepared the same way every day or at every meal. This is known as a “Food Jag”. The danger in Food Jags, is that eventually, we get sick of that food and stop eating it, which can result in a smaller and smaller list of preferred foods.

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