Here’s what you need to know:
Comprehensive Feeding Evaluation
We conduct thorough evaluations to assess the underlying factors contributing to feeding difficulties. Our experienced therapists evaluate oral motor skills, sensory sensitivities, behavioral factors, and overall feeding development. This evaluation helps us create targeted treatment plans.
Individualized Feeding Treatment Plans
Based on the evaluation results, we develop personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s specific needs and goals. Our therapy sessions utilize evidence-based techniques to address feeding challenges effectively. We work closely with families to ensure a collaborative approach to treatment.
Addressing Oral Motor Skills
We focus on enhancing oral motor skills to improve swallowing, chewing, and overall oral coordination. Through specialized exercises and activities, we help individuals strengthen their oral muscles and develop efficient and safe swallowing patterns.
Sensory Integration Techniques
We incorporate sensory integration techniques to address sensory sensitivities that may contribute to feeding difficulties. Our therapists create a supportive and comfortable environment, gradually introducing different textures, tastes, and temperatures to expand food acceptance.
We employ behavioral strategies to address aversions, mealtime routines, and anxiety related to feeding. Our team works closely with individuals and families to develop positive mealtime experiences and promote healthy eating habits.
Collaboration with Medical Professionals
We understand that feeding difficulties may have underlying medical conditions. Our Speech and Occupational Therapists collaborate with pediatricians, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals to ensure comprehensive care and address any medical concerns.
We believe that family involvement is crucial for successful feeding therapy. We provide education and guidance to parents and caregivers, empowering them to support their loved ones’ progress at home. We work together as a team to create a positive feeding environment and establish consistent routines.
Continued Support and Follow-Up
Our commitment doesn’t end with therapy sessions. We provide ongoing support and follow-up to monitor progress, address any concerns, and make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. We strive for long-term success and positive outcomes.
If you or your child is experiencing feeding difficulties, our Feeding Therapy Program can help. Contact Metro Speech Therapy today to schedule an appointment or learn more about how we can support you. Let us guide you or your loved ones toward enjoyable and nourishing mealtime experiences.
Pediatric Feeding Therapy Services
At Metro Speech Therapy, we offer pediatric feeding therapy services designed to help children who have difficulty with feeding and swallowing. Feeding difficulties can be caused by a variety of factors, including medical conditions, oral motor delays, and sensory issues.
Here are some of the ways that Metro Speech Therapy feeding therapy services can help your child:
Improving Oral Motor Skills
Our feeding therapists can work with your child to improve their oral motor skills, including tongue and lip movement, chewing, and swallowing. These skills are important for safe and efficient feeding.
Addressing Sensory Issues
Many children with feeding difficulties have sensory issues that impact their ability to eat. Our therapists use sensory approaches to help children tolerate different textures, temperatures, and tastes of food.
Introducing New Foods
Our feeding therapists can help children who are picky eaters or have limited diets to try new foods and expand their food choices. We use a variety of techniques to make mealtime fun and engaging for your child.
Managing Medical Conditions
If your child has a medical condition that impacts their ability to eat, such as reflux or a feeding tube, our feeding therapists can work with your child’s medical team to develop a feeding plan that meets their unique needs.
Supporting Parents and Caregivers
We understand that feeding difficulties can be stressful for parents and caregivers. Our feeding therapists work closely with families to provide education, support, and resources to help manage feeding challenges at home.
At Metro Speech Therapy, our goal is to help your child develop healthy eating habits and enjoy mealtime. Contact us to learn more about our pediatric feeding therapy services and how we can help your child thrive.