All children need to eat, but for some the task of eating by mouth is problematic. If your child has a limited range of flavors, textures, or types of foods that they will eat, they may be a good candidate for Kindering’s trans-disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties. Our feeding therapy program integrates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical, and nutritional factors in order to comprehensively evaluate and treat children with feeding problems.
We provide assessment and support in the following areas:
- Oral motor skills
- Food aversions
- Feeding habits
- Food intake and growth
- Developmental status
- Behavior concerns
- Psycho-social issues that impact feeding and nutrition
- For Children Over 3: A 1 hour assessment with a member of our evaluation team includes a face-to-face interview to determine if your child would benefit from feeding therapy.
- For Children Under 3: For parents with concerns about feeding, your child can be evaluated as part of a comprehensive evaluation by our trans-disciplinary team that addresses all areas of development.
We offer individualized therapy for a single child and his or her parents as well as groups of 4 children and their parents:
- Children will learn to explore foods in a safe and fun way to increase the variety and amount of foods they can eat
- Parents will learn useful information about increasing their child’s interest in different textures, successful mealtime routines, nutrition for children, ideas for food play, how to select new foods to offer their children, and how to problem solve around mealtimes.
For more information, please call the Intake Line at (425) 984-2638.
Kindering also offers nutrition services. A registered dietitian can evaluate your child’s growth and intake to support optimal nutritional status. Please contact your FRC for more information.