Eating is a reflex until we’re six months of age. After that point, eating is a learned behavior that’s shaped by a child’s sensory-motor skills and experiences. Although only 3% of children have a strictly behavioral feeding issue, feeding therapy is often necessary to correct feeding behaviors.

We know the stress and strain feeding disorders can cause for your family. Instead of greeting mealtimes with stress and fear, feeding therapy helps your child find joy in eating again.

And feeding therapy doesn’t just help your child. As a parent, you no longer have to worry about the effects of your child not eating. Stop worrying about your child’s well-being and enjoy vacations or child-centered activities again.

Indicators Of A Feeding Disorder

While kids are famous for being picky eaters, there’s a difference between having a picky eater and a child with a feeding disorder.

While a consultation is required to definitively diagnose your child, they may have a feeding disorder if:

  • Mealtimes are stressful. 
  • Your child eats less than 20 different foods. 
  • Your child is brand-specific in the foods they will eat. 
  • Your child gags at the sight, smell, or taste of new or non-preferred foods. 
  • Your child only eats carbohydrates, like bread or crackers. 
  • Your child is not gaining weight and there’s no medical explanation. 
  • Your child is diagnosed with Failure To Thrive (FTT). 

Feeding Disorders We Treat

Alphabet Soup treats several feeding disorders, including:

Alphabet Soup treats several feeding disorders, including:

  • Food refusals: If your child refuses all food or most foods.
  • Texture transitions: If your child has difficulty accepting foods with a certain texture.
  • Limited food repertoire: Feeding therapy helps children expand their list of acceptable foods.
  • Gagging: Feeding therapy helps your child overcome the gag reflex that prevents them from enjoying food or trying new foods.
  • Food stuffing: Feeding therapy helps children learn to put the appropriate amount of food in their mouth.
  • Behavioral feeders: We work with your child to determine the cause of behavioral feeding and explore solutions.
  • Tube feeders: If it’s medically appropriate, Alphabet Soup’s therapists help your child transition from eating from a tube to orally.

Alphabet Soup offers compassionate, personalized care for all of our pediatric patients. We also specialize in working with children living with:

  • Genetic syndromes, such as Down Syndrome, Pierre Robin Sequence, SMA, or SLO.
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Seizure disorder
  • Autism
  • Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD)
  • Failure To Thrive (FTT)
  • Cleft lip or palate

Alphabet Soup’s team of certified feeding therapists helps your child overcome feeding challenges. Learn more about our clinical approaches or schedule a consultation to evaluate your child’s unique needs.

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Contact Alphabet SoupCall (401) 284-8198