A Multi-Disciplinary Sensory Approach for Picky & Problem Eaters
Are you struggling with what to feed your picky eater? Find help at the Food Explorers group!
Food Explorers is a multi-disciplinary feeding therapy and sensory approach to overcome disordered eating in children. The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding therapy is the foundation of the Food Explorers’ Program at Kid’s Creek Therapy. The SOS Approach is an evidence-based program proven to be effective in expanding the food repertoires of picky eaters and problem feeders.
The basis of our program is the Steps to Eating Hierarchy. Food Explorers is a step by step approach that incorporates movement, sound, sight, smell, touch, and taste. Our team of speech and occupational therapists and registered dietitian uniquely understands children with eating disorders.
Food Explorers Feeding Therapy
Our Food Explorers program integrates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors and approaches in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems. It is based on, and grounded philosophically in, the “normal” developmental steps, stages and skills of feeding found in typically developing children.
The treatment component of the program utilizes these typical developmental steps towards feeding to create a systematic desensitization hierarchy of skills/behaviors necessary for children to progress with eating various textures, and with growing at an appropriate rate for them.
The assessment component of the program makes sure that all physical reasons for atypical feeding development are examined and appropriately treated medically. In addition, the SOS approach works to identify any nutritional deficits and develop recommendations appropriate to each individual child’s growth parameters and needs. An examination of learning capabilities is performed, and skills across all developmental areas are also assessed as they relate to feeding and the SOS program.
Food Explorers is for children aged 18 months to 10 years. Children in feeding therapy are grouped by age, ability, and food aversions and preferences. The program includes parent training, education, and support.
If you have a child who may benefit from feeding therapy, please contact us for a free consultation.