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Does My Child Need Feeding Therapy?

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If you have determined that your child is a Problem Feeder, looking for a feeding specialist in your area is a great next step. While there are a lot of strategies and things you can do at home, it is likely that your child has some skill deficits that are interfering with the typical eating development and will require a consult with a professional to address. Because eating is such a complex task, there are lots of areas for things to go wrong, and a professional can help to make sure these areas are addressed and strengthened to support your child and family.

Red Flags that your child would benefit from feeding therapy include:

Therapy Approaches – You have choices

Next, it is important to understand the different types of therapy approaches, as different approaches feel more comfortable to different families. The two main approaches used for feeding therapy are Systematic Desensitization and Flooding. Here is a quick summary of the differences between the two approaches:

Systematic Desensitization:

Flooding:

Types of Reinforcement

Therapy approaches also use either Positive Reinforcement, Negative Reinforcement, or a combination of both. Reinforcements are different strategies that are used to encourage or reward the child to do something new or different with foods Here is a quick summary of these styles:

Positive Reinforcement: Goal = Skill

Negative Reinforcement: Goal = Volume

Summary

If mealtimes are a constant battle in your home, finding a skilled feeding therapist in your community can make a huge difference. We hope this information is helpful as you consider your choices.

You can check our list of feeding therapist who has been trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding program near you.

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