Feeding Therapy

When children are picky eaters or struggle with solid foods, they often have underlying medical, oral motor or sensory issues. If any of the following “red flags” are present, it’s important for your child to be evaluated:

  • Infant who cries and/or arches during most meals
  • Inability to drink from a cup by 16 months of age
  • Inability to wean off of baby foods by 16 months of age
  • Ongoing poor weight gain
  • Choking, gagging or coughing during meals – or vomiting after meals
  • Aversion or avoidance of all foods in a specific texture or nutrition group
  • Range of less than 20 foods
  • Family battles over food and feeding

At the Pediatric Development Center, we use a play-based approach to feeding therapy that helps children gradually learn to explore and enjoy different foods. Our therapists have training in the SOS Approach to Feeding, other sensorimotor techniques and orofacial myology.

Each child is evaluated by an interdisciplinary team. The speech-language pathologist assesses oral motor functioning, while the occupational therapist explores how muscle tone, body awareness and sensory processing may be contributing to feeding difficulties.

Depending on their needs, children are treated either in a feeding group or through one-on-one sessions. Parent involvement plays a key role in progress, and we work closely with families to provide education and support.

Call 301-869-7505 or email audrey@pdcandme.com to schedule a feeding evaluation for your child. Please complete our Feeding Intake Form and bring it with you to the first appointment.