Our occupational therapists will work with your child to help them learn to feed themselves so they can become more independent.
Feeding an infant or child or teaching them to eat independently can sometimes be challenging. Mealtimes may become stressful for both the parent and child, or even turn into battles which both the parent and child dread.
At NAPA Center, we offer relationship-based developmental feeding services to address feeding issues. Our occupational therapists take a comprehensive approach targeting muscular coordination, sensory processes, and social experiences associated with eating. We also offer VitalStim for the treatment of dysphasia and swallowing difficulties.
Meaning they fight eating during mealtimes or refuse to eat all together.
Demonstrate difficulties with chewing, gag or vomit when eating
Demonstrate poor weight gain
Overstuff their mouth or place non-food items in their mouth
Eat only a small amount despite hunger or have a limited food repertoire
Avoid certain food textures
Dislike having their teeth brushed
Are fed with a g-tube/NG-tube