Feeding Therapy Treatment Services
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Our Approach to Feeding Therapy
The speech-language pathologists (SLPs) at Ally Pediatric Therapy target Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD), offering feeding therapy for children with feeding difficulties, deficiencies in oral motor skills, and selective eating.
Ally Pediatric takes a comprehensive and state-of-the-art approach to feeding therapy. Our team develops individualized strategies for assisting parents and teaching children diagnosed with PFD.
How Ally Pediatric Therapy Assists Children With Pediatric Feeding Disorder
Our SLPs take a comprehensive and responsive approach to treating PFD that is contextualized to each individual child.
You and your child can expect the following:
- Collaboration or assistance with assessing a child’s ability to swallow safely and efficiently (swallow studies)
- Improvement of skilled movement of the mouth that leads to safe and efficient eating and drinking
- Development of oral and facial muscles to improve feeding skills
- Development of skills to improve coordination and strength of the trunk and core, which are critical for safe eating
- Identifying if oral-motor or oral-sensory processing problems contribute to a child’s feeding disorder
- Development of eating strategies that use a child’s senses in an organized manner
- Assistance in expanding comfort level to expand food preferences to a wide variety of different food textures
- Coaching parents and caregivers in meaningful strategies for improvement of mealtimes and feeding at home
Signs Your Child May Benefit From Feeding Therapy
If you’re wondering whether or not your child may have PFD, take the questionnaire provided by Feeding Matters and consult your child’s pediatrician, as early detection and appropriate treatment are paramount to the health and wellness of your child.
- Mealtimes are challenging and stressful for the child or the family
- Doesn’t use utensils
- Difficulty drinking from an open cup or straw
- Nutritional deficiencies in categories such as fruits, vegetables, or proteins
- Excessively long or short meal times
- Weight loss/gain issues, especially concerning their pediatrician
- Selectively eats specific foods
- Difficulty swallowing
- Refusal to eat new foods
Every employee is trained in ABA and Speech principles, ensuring a comprehensive treatment plan that reflects the unique needs of each child.
The collaboration of our staff reinforces what works best for each child across every discipline, maximizing progress and minimizing setbacks.
Outcomes matter. We work together because collaborating produces the most meaningful learning for the children we support.
Get A Free Consultation
Our team will set up a time to discuss your family’s unique needs, and help you navigate the process of obtaining the best services for your child. We understand the stress that can come with finding services for your child and we want to support you in any way we can throughout this process.