BENEFITS OF MANHATTAN FEEDING THERAPY AND EVALUATION FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND CHILDREN
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Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in Children
Manhattan feeding therapy and evaluations for babies, toddlers, and children specialize in treating feeding and swallowing disorders in children. Our experienced team of speech therapists is dedicated to helping your child overcome their feeding difficulties, no matter how severe. Our speech therapists have the expertise and knowledge to evaluate and develop an individualized treatment plan that will help your child reach their eating goals. We understand that each child is unique, and our individualized approach ensures that your child receives the best care possible. With our comprehensive evaluation and treatment plans, your child will soon be able to enjoy the joys of eating and drinking again.
Signs of Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
Feeding and swallowing disorders can be difficult to detect in babies, toddlers, and children. Signs of feeding and swallowing issues may include
- difficulty eating
- choking or gagging during meals
- poor weight gain or excessive weight loss
- food refusal
- difficulty transitioning from one food texture to another
Other signs may include:
- excessive drooling
- prolonged meals
- difficulty chewing
- avoiding certain foods
If you highly doubt your child has a feeding or swallowing disorder, it is important to seek evaluation and treatment from an experienced speech-language pathologist.
What is Feeding Therapy?
Feeding therapy is a specialized treatment for children who struggle with eating. It helps to address difficulties with the physical aspects, such as chewing and swallowing, as well as emotional and behavioral elements that may prevent a child from thriving and gaining proper nutrition.
The evaluation is conducted by a trained speech-language pathologist who is knowledgeable in the area of speech-language therapy. A variety of assessments may be used during the evaluation process, such as speech and language, feeding, and literacy testing.
Who is Feeding Therapy For?
Feeding therapy benefits babies, toddlers, and children who have difficulty eating, drinking, or swallowing. This form of therapy helps children develop healthy eating habits, overcome sensory sensitivities and/or food aversions, and/or learn to feed themselves. Feeding therapy can also help with other aspects of development, such as speech, motor skills, and oral health.
Feeding Therapy Evaluation
Feeding therapy evaluation is an essential part of the feeding therapy process. We understand that the evaluation helps identify the underlying cause of the feeding issues and create a plan to address them. Our therapists are experienced and knowledgeable in evaluating how a child eats, swallows, and interacts with food.
We use a variety of assessment methods, such as observing a child’s eating behaviors, reviewing medical history, and conducting medical tests, to gain a comprehensive understanding of the issues at hand. We also tailor our therapy plans to the individual needs of each child. Our goal is to empower families to help their children reach their feeding goals, and feeding therapy evaluation is a crucial step in that process.
When Should a Child be Referred For Feeding Therapy?
Recognizing when a child needs feeding therapy is important, as early intervention can be key to successful outcomes. Signs that a child may need feeding therapy may include eating much slower than their peers, difficulty transitioning to a variety of foods and textures, and aversions to certain foods or flavors. If you have noticed your child exhibiting any of these signs, it is important to seek out a professional for evaluation and a potential referral for feeding therapy.
What to Expect in Feeding therapy?
Feeding therapy is a highly individualized approach to treating feeding problems. It involves working with a certified speech therapist to assess your child’s unique needs and create a customized plan. Treatment may include behavior modification, sensory integration, oral motor activities, positioning, and more.
Our team of experienced speech therapists will work with you and your child to create a plan that works for everyone. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care and personalized attention to ensure the best possible outcomes for your child. With our help, your child will reach their feeding goals and have the best possible eating experience.
What Skills are Taught in Feeding Therapy?
During feeding therapy, a specialized speech therapist will assess the child’s eating habits and create a personalized treatment plan to help them learn and develop the skills needed for proper nutrition. These skills can include learning to use utensils, proper chewing, and swallowing, developing a healthy relationship with food, and learning to enjoy healthy meals. In addition, the speech therapist will work closely with the family to provide support and guidance throughout the entire process. With the help of specialized feeding therapy, children can learn to eat properly and develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
What are The Benefits of Feeding Therapy and Evaluation for Babies, Toddlers, and Children?
Feeding therapy and evaluation for babies, toddlers, and children have numerous benefits; feeding therapy helps to improve the child’s ability to eat and drink safely and independently, reducing the risk of choking or aspiration. It also helps to improve the child’s coordination and ability to chew and swallow, as well as their oral-motor skills.
Additionally, it can help to address the child’s nutritional needs, increase their food variety, and improve their overall eating habits. Feeding therapy can also help to reduce food aversions and associated behaviors, as well as help to reduce stress and anxiety around mealtime. Evaluations provide information about the underlying causes of feeding issues, which can help to inform treatment and be used to educate caregivers and medical professionals. Ultimately, the benefits of feeding therapy and evaluation can lead to improved self-esteem, increased independence, and improved overall health and well-being.
How Long Does Feeding Therapy Take?
Feeding therapy is a process, and the length of time required to reach goals will vary from child to child. Generally, feeding therapy sessions last between 30 minutes to an hour and involve a combination of direct instruction and observation. The speech therapist will collaborate to create a plan tailored to the child’s needs and monitor progress throughout the therapy process. The frequency and length of sessions may decrease as the child’s feeding skills improve.
Overall, Manhattan feeding therapy and evaluation for babies, toddlers, and children can help young children develop healthy eating habits and provide support throughout the entire process. With experienced professionals, specialized treatment plans, and a focus on behavior and nutrition, this service provides an excellent solution for young children who are struggling with feeding issues. With the help of our Manhattan feeding therapy and evaluation for babies, toddlers, and children can learn to enjoy mealtime and develop healthy eating habits.
Craig and all the tutors and therapists are a delight to deal with, intelligent, knowledgeable, effective, responsible. Highly recommended. Our son is now 9 1/2 years old, attends a mainstream private school in Brooklyn where we live. We have utilized Brooklyn Letters at three different times for our son. Our son has speech apraxia. First, at 2 years old, our son did speech therapy twice a week for a year, with Craig himself. Later at 6 years old, I contacted Craig again about a reading tutor because although our son could read, his school at the time taught reading at a different pace than many schools and we knew we wanted to transfer. Our son made huge progress the full year we had the reading tutor and has since continued great progress at his new school, where he tests two grades ahead in reading. We wanted to supplement the speech therapy we get at school so last year and this year we once again hired Brooklyn Letters (Rebecca) to provide private speech therapy. With all these tutors or therapists, our son has had a lot of fun and he looks forward to the sessions. I have always recommended Brooklyn Letters to neighbors, friends, and classmates who need these services. Craig and all the tutors and therapists are a delight to deal with, intelligent, knowledgeable, effective, responsible. Highly recommended.
I am so grateful to her. Amy is a fantastic speech therapist, reading strategist, and confidence-builder! My now-7-year-old son was having difficulty with enunciation, and, perhaps relatedly, hesitating to try reading aloud. I was concerned about taking him to a speech therapist because I did not want to make him (more) self-conscious. A year ago, Craig at Brooklyn Letters recommended Amy, and the whole family has come to rely on her. My 7-year old’s speech is much clearer than it was, and Amy has taught him a bunch of different strategies to try if he is unsure how to make a sound or read a word, which greatly reinforced his reading learning at school. Amy saw immediately how to win my shy son’s confidence (ask him to explain how to play chess to her), and targeted her strategies to his strengths (numbers and sports!) so that he could work on the new skills while feeling good about himself. My son looks forward to Amy’s weekly visits immensely (it is also really helpful that she comes to our house!). Amy recently told me that she thought he was ready to graduate from their sessions, and I immediately felt like this would be a real loss for him and for me as a parent because I have so come to value Amy’s advice. So I persuaded her to work with him once a week on Spanish (Amy is bi-lingual), which he has just begun at school, and on homework strategies. I am so grateful to her.
Craig, you come so highly respected among parents and educators. I am a teacher and everybody knows you are the go-to place for private speech services! Cari’s work with my son has been transformative. When she started working with Adam four months ago he was basically non-verbal, jargoning all day and echolalic. She helped us make very quick adjustments to the way we address him and how we can get him to respond. We started seeing change instantly. Now he is better able to express his needs (so fewer tantrums!) and he even tells us some crazy stories. Cari was always on time, creative, patient, and prepared. Her communication to Adam’s teachers helped ensure that everybody was on the same page, so we were all consistent. Sadly, we are moving to Boston soon. We hope we can consult with Cari when the need arises. We completely understand there is a fee for her services whether in person or digital (Cari is worth it!). We can never thank her enough for all that she has done. Thank you so much for putting us in touch with her.
– Nadia, mother to Adam
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