Can you 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…
- Exhibit frequent upper respiratory problems? (illness, coughing, congestion)
- Typically require more than 30 minutes to complete meals?
- Steadily lose weight or struggle to gain weight?
- Gag, retch or vomit before/during/after meals?
- Demonstrate stress, anxiety, or noncompliance during meals?
- Delayed transition to baby food and table foods.
- Food range of less than 20 foods, especially if foods are being lost over time with no new foods replacing.
- Aversion or avoidance of all foods in specific texture, colors, smells, or food group
- Difficulties with chewing and swallowing.
- Family is fighting about food and feeding (i.e. meals are not enjoyable and feel like a battle)
- Mealtime tantrums/meltdowns
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. You may also complete the Feeding Matters Infant and Child Feeding Questionnaire©. Be sure to save, print or e-mail a copy to share with your feeding therapist and/or physician, which will help with your child’s intake, evaluation and intervention.