Little Hands Pediatric Therapy takes a team approach to Feeding Therapy including feeding, swallowing and oral-motor needs. Our Speech and Occupational Therapists work together to provide a whole-child plan that works for your child.
NEWBORNS & INFANTS
Premature and full-term infants can have difficulty with breast and bottle feeding. We work closely with physicians, lactation consultants and pediatric dentists to improve outcomes. Our team treats children with poor weight gain, tethered oral tissues (commonly referred to as tongue and lip ties), difficulty with coordination of suck-swallow-breathe, disorganized feeding patterns, cleft lip and palate, nasogastric tubes, G-tubes, Down Syndrome and more. Evaluations are in your home and generally 1-2 hours in length. They include a detailed birth and feeding history, thorough examination of the oral-structure, observation of bottle and breastfeeding, therapeutic interventions, and a plan of care. Since this is a time-sensitive issue, if your baby is struggling to feed, please contact us and we will get you in as soon as possible, even while we are on a wait list.
PRESCHOOL - SCHOOL AGE
Daily struggles at mealtimes do not have to be the norm. Our preschool through school aged clients have struggled for years with extreme picky eating, oral-aversion, and sensory processing disorder. Other therapies may have gained momentary success, but failed to generalize to home. Our assessment and therapy takes place in your home with your foods and you present to maximize improvement. Oral-motor skills are assessed and treated accordingly. Sensory and behaviorally-based feeding disorders are often treated using a combination of the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) and Food Chaining approaches. Our focus is expanding the child's diet at their own pace. Your child will never be forced to eat foods. Gardening, cooking, and food play are often used to increase positive exposure to foods. Food targets are established by both the parent and therapist. For the best results, parents participate in every session and carry-over therapy meals at home each week. For this age group therapy is intensive and and strong parental commitment is required.
Toddlers who are having difficulty transitioning to solid foods, difficulty gaining weight and who have developed aversions and behavioral issues surrounding mealtimes are frequently treated by our team of therapists. Often, they were difficult to feed as babies, may have been premature, colicky, have suspected issues with sensory integration, and possible weakness of the lips, tongue, and cheeks. Small problems can grow into larger problems as babies become toddlers and mealtimes can become a battle. We see children with Failure to Thrive, picky eating, sensory processing disorder, sensory-oral aversion, tube feeding, as well as those with syndromes and medical conditions. Your therapist will conduct a full evaluation tailored to your child's needs which includes a detailed history, review of reports from other professionals on your child's team, an oral-motor assessment, feeding observation and assessment, discussion and plan of care. Oral motor weakness and discoordination can be treated through oral-motor therapy. Sensory and behaviorally-based feeding disorders are typically treated using a combination of the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) and Food Chaining approaches. Our focus is expanding the diets of the child at their own pace. Your child will never be forced to eat foods. Gardening, cooking, and food play are often used to increase positive exposure to foods. Food targets are established by both the parent and therapist. For the best results, parents participate in every session and carry-over therapy meals at home each week.
Feeding Therapy Evaluation
Written Evaluation: $135/ hour
$135/50 minute session
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INSURANCE: Little Hands Pediatric Therapy is often covered by out-of-network benefits. We recommend you call your insurance company to determine what percentage is covered for both in and out-of-network Feeding Therapy. We will provide you with an itemized bill with all necessary information including diagnosis and treatment codes.