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Feeding Therapy

"How can I help my picky eater?" 

"Why does my child avoid new foods?" 

"How can I get my child to eat more foods?"

"Why does mealtime feel like a struggle?"

If you have asked these questions, we are here to help!  Whether your child is a picky eater or a problem feeder, we know how frustrating it can be and we are here to make things better.  We work with you and your child to help make mealtimes easier, increase the number of foods your child eats, and make learning about food and feeding fun!

Picky eaters:

  • Have at least 20 foods in their diet

  • Eat at least a few fruits/vegetables, carbs, and proteins

  • Can be convinced to occasionally try new foods

  • Will usually eat foods that are similar to their preferred foods

  • May suddenly refuse a previously preferred food but will eat it again later

  • Only sometimes eat foods that are different than the rest of the family  

Problem feeders:

  • Eat less than 15 foods consistently

  • May gag or vomit at the sight or taste of foods

  • May become emotionally upset when encouraged to interact with novel or non-preferred foods

  • Refuse large categories of foods

  • May only eat foods prepared a specific way or of a specific brand

  • Will suddenly refuse previously preferred foods and never eat them again

  • Almost always eat different foods than the rest of the family

What sets our feeding therapy process apart is our knowledge and understanding of the many contexts involved in the feeding process.  We work with the child and whole family on the feeding routine, environmental contexts, ways foods are presented/prepared, and expectations of the feeding process to make learning about foods a fun and enjoyable experience for all.  Furthermore, we understand that for the child, feeding involves many factors including sensory, social-emotional, behavioral, and oral-motor skills.  By targeting all of these areas we are able to bring about a lasting change for your child.  Our strong focus on caregiver education and carryover sets us apart to make a lasting impact on your child and your whole family's mealtime experience!

Occupational Therapy

"What can I do to help my child reach their full potential?" 

"How can I help my child who is struggling with daily tasks?"

"My child can't dress himself, what can I do to help?"

"How can I help my child who is having difficulty at school?"

"My child has sensory processing issues, how can I help them succeed?"

"How can I improve my child's handwriting?"

If you have ever asked any of these questions, then we can help!  We treat children of all ages and diagnoses, with a variety of abilities and difficulties. Specific difficulties may include:

Pre-writing skills:  A child who has difficulty grasping a crayon or pencil, difficulty coloring in the lines, poor ability to draw age appropriate shapes/pictures, or is struggling with cutting skills.

Handwriting skills:  A child who has difficulty writing their name or letters, or has poor handwriting when it comes to neatness/legibility, spacing, letter alignment and sizing, sentence composition, ideation and page organization. 

Self-care skills:  A child who has difficulty getting dressed including fasteners and tying shoes, difficulty feeding with utensils, or difficulty with grooming tasks such as toothbrushing, bathing, and toileting. 

Sensory and Self-Regulation:  A child who struggles with participating in a variety of activities and settings (e.g. going to the grocery store, learning in a classroom environment, joining in on family outings), difficulty maintaining an appropriate level of alertness, tolerating varied and novel sensory input, and understanding how to use strategies to adapt to various input and maintain an appropriate activity level. 

Social Skills:  A child who struggles with interacting with peers, has difficulty participating in a group setting, and or difficulty following a schedule/routine. 

Executive Functioning Skills: A child who has difficulty with maintaining attention, completing multi-step tasks, organizational and time management skills, emotional regulation, and self-monitoring. 

We provide both individual and group therapy sessions, in either the home, school, or community settings.  Just as each child is individual and unique, so are their needs and therefore their treatment process.  

The Therapy Process

We offer a free 20 minute consultation for all new clients, which involves a brief overview and screening to assess if an evaluation is warranted.  The next step is a full evaluation that will look at all factors, contexts, and skills involved to get a detailed understanding of underlying factors affecting the child's ability to function at their highest potential.  From there we will develop goals and decide on a treatment program, including frequency and duration, individual or group therapy, and appropriate setting. Fees are as follows:

  • Evaluation: $300

  • Treatment: $25/15 minute unit ($100/hour session)

We accept private pay only, and provide a monthly superbill that can be used to submit to insurance for reimbursement.  Families may contact their health insurance for information on reimbursement.  Email below to request information including a document of suggested questions to ask insurance to guide you in this process.  We are registered with the Step Up for Students Scholarship and caregivers may request reimbursement directly from the scholarship program after paying for services. 

Telehealth Services

In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we began offering telehealth services in March 2020 to current clients.  As this was a new venture, we have sought out trainings to improve our ability to provide services in this unique way.  We continue to learn every day, and are pleasantly surprised by how well many clients do with this new platform, and are really enjoying the amount of parent education that is able to take place with this new way of providing therapy.  Because telehealth is provided in the child's natural environment, we are able to help parents work through real life situations as they occur at home.  We aim to make the process as smooth as possible for the parent and child, using therapy tools that parents already have at home, and are loving how this is pushing us to use our creativity every day!  

We are currently offering telehealth services for all forms of treatment including feeding services, and traditional occupational therapy treatment for sensory processing, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, etc.  

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