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The SOS Approach to Feeding is a Transdisciplinary Program designed to assess and treat children experiencing difficulties with feeding and/or weight/growth. It was developed across three decades of clinical work by Dr. Kay Toomey, along with colleagues from several disciplines, including Pediatricians, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dietitians, and Speech Pathologists, and is informed by the latest research in the field.

This program adopts a holistic approach, integrating motor, oral-motor, learning, medical, sensory, and nutritional factors, to identify the underlying causes and skill deficits contributing to a child’s feeding and growth challenges. It is based on, and grounded philosophically in, using typical development as our “blueprint and map” to help teach the needed skills for eating, while recognizing that each child’s individual neural capacity, learning abilities, physical needs, and environment may mean that they have a different path. The SOS Approach to Feeding is designed to meet every child at their current level, building upon their strengths to achieve the next skill.

Parent/Caregiver Workshop - When Children Won't Eat (and how to help!)

Learn from Dr. Toomey about why children don’t eat well and practical strategies for improving mealtimes in your home through the introductory video “When Children Won’t Eat (and how to help!).

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Podcasts Featuring Dr. Toomey

Listen in as Dr. Toomey discusses the SOS Approach to Feeding and other feeding topics with community members.

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Recommended Products

Check out our recommended products, including chairs for mealtimes, utensils, books about kids who are picky eaters, and other resources that we love.

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Additional Parent Support Organizations

Parenting is tough, and we can all use some support. Find some additional parent support groups and resources for kids with feeding challenges and/or sensory processing challenges.

Feeding Matters

Feeding Matters is the first organization in the world uniting families, healthcare professionals, and the broader community to improve the system of care for children with pediatric feeding disorder through advocacy, education, support, and research. If you need support, these wonderful moms will personally call you.

Hungry for More? Check out our NEW Parent Resource Libraries

With SOS Parent Libraries, you have access to in-depth information to help you understand how every child learns to eat, why and when eating may get off track, and step-by-step strategies for overcoming feeding difficulties.

Each Library is geared toward a specific population of children.

  • Preventing Picky Eating is geared towards parents of young children, just beginning their food exploration to help them get off on the right foot.
  • Helping Picky Eaters Happily Eat covers the General Treatment Strategies that are supportive for all children, with or without feeding challenges.
  • Promoting Progress for Problem Feeders offers adaptations of the General Treatment Strategies for children who have more significant skill deficits and strategies to provide more support.
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