Problem Feeding Behaviour
The SOS (Sequential- Oral – Sensory) Approach to Feeding is an effective way to work on problem feeding behaviours. It focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food such as texture, taste, smell and consistency. The SOS approach allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way.
Because feeding is the most complex of human physical task, it is critical that all the possible problem areas are examined when working with children who won’t eat.
The SOS Approach to Feeding was designed and refined by Dr. Kay Toomey. This approach can be used in either a group setting or on an individual basis.
- Child who has a low volume of oral intake
- Child who has poor weight gain
- Child who has a limited variety of tastes & textures in diet
- Child who has difficulty transitioning to advanced textures
- Child who demonstrates food refusal
- Child who has maladaptive behaviours around eating
- Families who power struggle at meals
- To learn to have positive experiences with food
- To learn mealtime routine and cues to eating
- To decrease resistance to touching, tasting & swallowing food
- To increase range of foods child will try
- To increase volume of food ingested
Individual or Group setting of 2-4 children with similar feeding issues.