Paediatric Physiotherapy in Vile Parle

Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapy helps infants and children with a wide range of feeding difficulties which may include one or more of the following: Reduced or Limited Food intake, Food refusal, Food selectivity by type and/or texture, Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), Oral motor deficits, Delayed feeding development, Food or Swallowing phobia, Mealtime tantrums…..

The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food. The program 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.

Developed by Dr. Kay Toomey, the SOS Approach to Feeding program is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviours 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 of food can be complicated, there is rarely an easy solution when a feeding problem arises.

The SOS Approach uses a transdisciplinary team approach which assess the “whole child”: organ systems; muscles; development; sensory processing; oral-motor skills; learning, behaviour and cognition; nutrition and the environment.