Feeding therapy assists children and infants with a wide array of various feeding disorders. Feeding disorders can include issues like food refusal, selectivity in eating, inability to consume adequate calories, or inability to consume an age appropriate diet. Feeding disorders may include one of the following or a combination of the following:
- Food refusal
- Food selectivity (by texture and/or type of food)
- Food phobia or swallowing phobia
- Swallowing difficulty
- Tantrums at mealtime
- Reduced or limited caloric intake
- Oral motor deficits
- Delay in feeding milestones
Addressing problems in feeding is important for preventing or eliminating nutritional concerns and growth concerns (including failure to thrive or unsafe swallowing) that may lead to further complications such as aspiration pneumonia and/or setting your child up for poor eating habits for the future.
Children with feeding disorders typically develop negative or unhealthy emotional responses to eating. Because of this potential concern there is usually a need for some form of behavioral element to a feeding plan that works best if it is carried out at home as well as during therapy sessions.