Feeding Therapy

What is feeding therapy?
Feeding your child is an activity that should be natural and effortless.  When a problem develops, meal time can become difficult, frustrating, and draining for the whole family.  Feeding therapy focuses on children who demonstrate some sort of feeding difficulty. 

Who provides services?
Feeding therapy is provided by a speech language pathologist or occupational therapist depending on the needs of each child.  SLPs at the Bloomington Center have extensive training in feeding dysfunction.  Occupational therapists at the Peoria and Bloomington Centers have training to provide sensory-based feeding therapy.  Therapists work closely with families to develop home programming strategies so that feeding can become an enjoyable event.

Who needs feeding therapy?
Children who exhibit signs or symptoms listed below may benefit from feeding therapy:
• Frequent episodes of gagging, coughing, or choking
• “Gurgling” voice (wet voice) during or after eating/drinking
• Frequent upper respiratory infections and/or pneumonia
• Difficulty transitioning to textured food
• Poor weight gain or unexplained weight loss
• Behavioral feeding issues (refuses foods, tantrums, etc.)
• Difficulty chewing or swallowing
• Spitting up after feeding

Therapists at Easter Seals have specialized training in:
Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding
Sensory-based Feeding Disorders
Oral Motor Disorders

Want to know more?
Contact the Peoria Center at 309.686.1177 for sensory-based feeding disorders or the Bloomington Center at 309.663.8275 for comprehensive feeding services.

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