Feeding Therapy

 

Mitchell’s place is now offering a collaborative 12-week feeding therapy program. This hands-on, collaborative program is led by a Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, and Speech Therapist. Together, the three disciplines evaluate and treat children with autism with complex feeding issues.

 

We look at the whole child to determine to core of what is negatively impacting the child’s ability to eat a well-balanced diet, and then target those areas during treatment.  We do not have a dietician on staff, so it is also recommended that families in our program consult with their pediatrician and a dietician.

 

To get involved with this program, we ask that you commit to participating for at least 12 weeks. During the program, families will be asked to complete activities each week to assist in generalizing skills to the home. You will also be asked to meet briefly with the therapy team twice monthly to discuss goals and review progress.

 

If you would like more information about the collaborative feeding program at Mitchell’s Place, please contact info@mitchells-place.com.

 

 
Does your child need feeding therapy?

If your child is a “picky eater” they may benefit from a feeding therapy consultation. If your child is a “problem feeder” they would benefit from feeding therapy intervention.

PICKY EATER

  • Eats at least 30 different foods
  • If child stops eating a preferred food, they will typically go back to it after a 2-week break.
  • Generally able to tolerate new foods on their plate, and can usually touch or taste a new food, even if they do so very reluctantly.
  • Eat at least one food from most food texture and nutrition groups
  • Frequently eat different foods at a meal than the rest of the family, but usually eat with the family.
  • Sometimes reported by a parent as a “picky eater” at well-child check-ups.

PROBLEM FEEDER

  • Eat less than 20 different food
  • Will rarely ever accept that food again, even after taking a break
  • Cry, protest, and “fall apart” when presented with new foods. They completely refuse to do anything with the food.
  • Refuse entire categories of food textures or nutrition groups.
  • Almost always eat different foods at a meal than the rest of the family, and often don’t eat with the family (either eat at separate times or eat alone in a separate space).
  • Persistently reported by a parent as a “picky eater” across multiple well-child check-ups.

If your child meets more than one of the “Problem feeder” criteria they would benefit from a feeding therapy evaluation. If you are concerned about your child who is a “picky eater” we are happy to provide resources and support.

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