Is My Child a Problem Feeder or Picky Eater?
What will Creative Speech Therapy NYC do to help my child eat?
First, we will complete a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your child’s picky eating or problem feeding. This includes an examination of the structures of the mouth, feeding tools, feeding patterns, and feeding techniques. The examination also includes a thorough investigation of background, medical history, and family history.
Once we determine the underlying cause of your child’s limited diet, we will formulate a plan with goals to address the root cause.
We offer 1:1 therapy or small group feeding therapy to carry out the plan. Both 1:1 and group sessions will be run by a speech language pathologist highly trained in feeding therapy. Our therapists will take the time to explain the pros and cons of both 1:1 and group feeding therapy, in order for parents/guardians to make the best choice for their child.
If group feeding is determined to be beneficial, we curate each child’s feeding group with careful analysis of their feeding strengths, weaknesses, diet, and needs. Feeding groups are limited to 3 children per group and are 45 minutes in length in office.
Depending on the cause, we implement the following techniques as appropriate:
- Sensorimotor Feeding Therapy
- Oral Motor Therapy
- Baby Led Weaning
- Responsive Feeding Therapy
Finally, we will treat your child using kid friendly and research based interventions. We teach you therapeutic approaches to feeding that will help build trust between you and your child, strengthening their willingness to try new foods at home. Our goal with each child is to expand their diet and promote positive interactions with food at home, at school, and in their community.