Feeding, Oral-Motor Skills & Picky Eaters
Are you struggling with transitioning your child to solids?
Is your child a picky eater?
Are you struggling to get your child to accept new foods?
Do you feel your child is having a hard time learning to chew and swallow?
Have mealtimes become long, stressful and often end with tantrums?
If you answered YES to any of the questions above, then you may be struggling with a serious feeding issue.
How Can OT Help My Child’s Feeding Issues
During the initial visit, I will observe and assess the following:
-Your child’s oral-motor skills (tongue and jaw movements).
-Any oral sensitivities to tastes, textures or temperatures
-Any negative associations to food and meals. This often reveals itself in behaviours like anxiety, resistance and defiance at mealtimes.
-Your child’s self-feeding skills.
Based on the outcomes of the assessment, I would then come up with a plan and strategies to help you reach the goals you have for your child. This may include:
– Exercises to help your child learn proper tongue movements.
– Gradual textural transitions.
– Sensory play with food
and many other evidence-based strategies and techniques.