Feeding Therapy for Children

Feeding Therapy for Children

Occupational therapists address activities of daily living, including: feeding, eating, and swallowing performance of clients across the lifespan.  Some problems with feeding and eating may include: physical difficulty-bringing food to mouth, processing food in the mouth-motor or sensory deficits, dysphagia, maladaptive eating habits, dysfunction related to cognitive impairments-understanding food preparation, nutrition, or feeding safety, positioning, and neurological impairments.  Making feeding and eating a valued and meaningful activity can also be an important part of therapy.  Using evaluation and intervention, therapists consider physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural elements of feeding, eating, and swallowing, collaborating with speech therapists when necessary for further swallowing concerns.