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​​​​

Lisa Klein is also trained in The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding program. The SOS Approach is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviors in a variety of 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 in 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. ​

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