Babies and toddlers learn instinctively over time how to suck, bite, chew, and swallow food, and how to drink from a nipple, straw, and cup. Some babies and toddlers demonstrate difficulty learning these skills, interfering with their feeding development. Young children with feeding difficulties typically demonstrate delays/difficulties chewing, sucking, swallowing, and demonstrate: food aversions, food refusal, texture selectivity, and food selectivity. Many factors can cause a young child to become a picky eater.
Therapy involves improving the baby’s/toddler’s/preschooler’s underlying feeding skills and/or improving their eating habits. We assess the child’s sucking/swallowing/chewing patterns, diet, behavior, and the home environment during meal time time. Once we pin point the underlying problem(s), we create a family treatment plan. Some children require additional one-on-one feeding therapy and we demonstrate to the parent how to tackle their child’s feeding and/or eating delay.