Feeding Therapy & Food Aversion Therapy

Mealtimes should be enjoyable and nutritive!

Mealtimes with your child should be a special time to bond and create memories. It’s a time when families come together to communicate and share daily events. In short, mealtimes with your child should be both enjoyable and enriching for the entire family!

Some children, especially those with medical conditions, oral-motor weakness, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, may have a very hard time eating.

Your child, like many others may need a little help. New Beginnings can improve your child’s eating habits and transform mealtimes in your home into a positive experience.

As difficult as feeding your child may be now, there is hope!

See if any of the items below apply to your child at mealtime:
Does your child…

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Gag on food?
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Have difficulty chewing?
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Choke during eating or drinking?
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Pocket food in their cheeks?
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Have trouble breastfeeding?
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Resist eating?
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Tantrum at meals?
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Have stressful mealtimes?
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Is your child underweight?
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Have a “failure to thrive” diagnosis
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Eat under 30 foods?
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Have food refusal?
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Cough after eating or drinking?
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Have a lip or tongue tie?
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Have trouble latching?

New Beginnings can help!

Our feeding therapy is child-centered and will allow your child to develop a positive, healthy relationship with food and mealtimes. Our feeding therapy is designed to work with parents to meet family and nutritional goals.

Our treatment takes into account medical conditions, oral-motor weaknesses, emotional, social, cognitive, sensory, and nutritional needs.

Therapy is individual. We do not treat in groups. You and your child will work with a well-trained and passionate Speech-Language Pathologist to get to the root of the eating problem.

Duration of therapy depends solely on your child’s needs. There are no “group camps” because every child is different and may need more or less therapy to achieve feeding and nutritional goals.

Our therapists use approaches developed and proven to be effective, including:

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Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach

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Food Chaining Approach

Evaluation

The day of the evaluation, you will be asked to bring 2-3 foods your child eats and 2 non-preferred foods, as well as their feeding utensils, cups, bottles.

The evaluation will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Treatment

Treatment depends on your child’s identified needs and may be once a week, twice a week, or once every two weeks.

We have feeding clinicians at both our Rich Beem and Zaragoza locations to better serve you.

For questions or for an evaluation call one of our office locations:
(915) 855-0601 (East) or (915) 303-5177 (Far East)