Feeding therapy may be required for picky eaters who have a reduced repertoire of foods that they accept or sensory food aversions, which may include the following red flags:
- consistent food refusal for at least 1 month
- onset at the time of food/drink transition
- refusal after 1 episode – generalization
- reluctant with new foods, no difficulty with preferred foods
- dietary deficiencies
- not related to trauma, food allergies, or other illness
SOS APPROACH TO FEEDING
LKS & Associates therapists are trained in The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding program. The SOS Approach is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviors in various settings and populations. Parents and caregivers of children who will not eat are faced with a difficult and often puzzling challenge. Because the interplay between weight gain and a child’s experience with food can be complicated, there is rarely an easy solution when a feeding problem arises.
The SOS Approach uses a trans-disciplinary team approach that assesses the “whole child”: organ systems, muscles, development sensory, oral-motor, learning/behavior, cognition, nutrition, and environment.
The SOS Approach focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food and allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and front of him/her; then moving on to touching, kissing, and eventually tasting and eating foods.
The SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) Approach to Feeding Program was developed by Dr. Kay Toomey and is used worldwide to treat feeding issues in infants, children, and adolescents.