Warning Signs

Can your child benefit from a feeding program?

Children can develop feeding issues related to a combination of complex factors that can include:

  • Delays in the development of motor skills that support posture, breathing and coordination of the muscles of the mouth for safe and efficient eating.
  • Sensory sensitivities that impact the ability to tolerate foods of various properties of food (i.e. color, smell, taste, shape, texture, and consistency)
  • Negative experiences with food that can impact relationships with family members and caregivers.

Does your child…

  • Food range of less than 20 foods, especially if foods are being lost over time with no new foods replacing
  • Aversion or avoidance of foods in specific texture, colors, smells, or food group
  • Family is fighting about food and feeding (i.e. meals are not enjoyable and feel like a battle)
  • Mealtime tantrums/meltdowns
  • Demonstrate stress, anxiety, or noncompliance during meals?
  • Typically require more than 30 minutes to complete meals?
  • Delayed transition to baby food and table foods.
  • Difficulties with chewing and swallowing.
  • Gag, retch or vomit before/during/after meals?
  • Steadily lose weight or struggle to gain weight?
  • Exhibit frequent upper respiratory problems? (illness, coughing, congestion)

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we recommend a phone consult with one of our feeding therapists to determine whether an evaluation is warranted.