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What can I expect from feeding therapy?


When working with a feeding therapist there are several potential outcomes that individuals may experience, depending on their specific feeding challenges and goals.


Here are some common outcomes that can be achieved through feeding therapy:


1️⃣ Improved Feeding Skills: Feeding therapists are trained to address various feeding difficulties, such as:

  • oral motor delays

  • sensory aversions

  • difficulties transitioning to different textures or self-feeding.


With therapy, individuals can develop improved chewing, swallowing, and self-feeding skills, which can contribute to better nutrition and overall well-being.


2️⃣ Expanded Food Repertoire: Feeding therapy can help individuals expand their food repertoire by introducing new foods and textures gradually. Therapists often employ techniques like food chaining, desensitization, and positive reinforcement to help individuals become more comfortable and accepting of a wider variety of foods, leading to a more balanced and diverse diet.


3️⃣ Reduction in Feeding Challenges: Feeding therapy can address issues such as:


  • reflux

  • food refusal

  • gagging

  • difficulty coordinating sucking, swallowing, and breathing.



By identifying the root causes of these challenges and implementing targeted interventions, feeding therapists can help reduce or eliminate these issues, making mealtimes more enjoyable and less stressful.


4️⃣ Increased Nutritional Intake: For individuals who struggle to meet their nutritional needs due to limited food choices, sensitivities, or difficulties with swallowing, feeding therapy can help improve their overall intake. By working with a therapist, individuals can develop strategies to ensure they receive proper nutrition, possibly leading to weight gain, increased energy levels, and improved overall health.


5️⃣ Enhanced Mealtime Experience: Feeding therapists not only focus on improving feeding skills but also strive to create a positive and enjoyable mealtime experience for individuals and their families. They may provide guidance on setting up a conducive eating environment, fostering positive associations with food, and promoting healthy eating habits.


6️⃣ Empowered Families: Through feeding therapy, families are often empowered with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to support their loved ones' feeding journey at home. They learn techniques to facilitate progress, maintain consistency, and handle any challenges that may arise. This support can strengthen the family unit and reduce stress around mealtimes.


It is important to note that the outcome of feeding therapy will vary depending on individual circumstances, the nature of feeding difficulties, each person's response to therapy, and the family dynamics.


The ultimate goal is to provide parents/caregivers with the tools they need to have a positive and successful feeding experience.


If you have any specific questions or concerns and would like to speak with a trained therapist and coach, please reach out to Jessica Earle at newleafoccupationaltherapy@gmail.com


Thank you for reading,


Jessica Earle

Occupational Therapist

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