Feeding therapy is a specialized branch of occupational therapy involving specifically targeted treatments to address drooling, gagging, vomiting, decreased food/texture tolerance, and decreased strength or range of motion of the mouth and other facial structures. When a child has difficulty eating, it can affect all members of the family. Noble Therapy offers expertise in evaluation of functional feeding skills and provides families support with these complex challenges. During a functional oral motor/feeding evaluation, your child will receive a clinical evaluation of oral motor/sensory skills and developmental feeding skills during directed play activities and with a mealtime/snacktime. Parents are encouraged to provide familiar food to make the evaluation as natural as possible. It is helpful to have some preferred foods that your child accepts, as well as foods that he/she refuses to eat available during the evaluation. Also, access to preferred utensils and cups may also be beneficial. Varieties of textures/flavors of foods may also be provided by the examiner. Your child may participate in the evaluation more readily if he/she is hungry; therefore, we prefer that parents not feed the child approximately 1-2 hours prior to the appointment time. Family members are encouraged to participate in this evaluation. Families should allow approximately 1-1 1/2 hours for the completion of this assessment. Following the assessment, the therapist will provide the family with recommendations and will follow up with a detailed evaluation report. Should the examiner deem appropriate, suggestions for referrals to other specialties such as otolaryngology, gastroenterology, pulmonary, nutrition, etc. may be provided.
Feeding Therapy Process:
Oral Motor/Feeding Milestones