Developmental Feeding

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, and Intensive Feeding Therapy.

Your child may benefit from occupational therapy feeding services if they:
  • 01. Refuse the Spoon

    Meaning they fight eating during mealtimes or refuse to eat all together. 

  • 02. Can't keep food down

    Demonstrate difficulties with chewing, gag or vomit when eating

  • 03. Have Weight Issues

    Demonstrate poor weight gain

  • 04. Demonstrate Overstuffing

    Overstuff their mouth or place non-food items in their mouth

  • 05. Only Eat Small Amounts

    Eat only a small amount despite hunger or have a limited food repertoire

  • 06. Avoid Certain Textures

    Avoid certain food textures

  • 07. Avoid Teeth Brushing

    Dislike having their teeth brushed

  • 08. Use Feeding Tubes

    Are fed with a g-tube/NG-tube

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