Intensive Feeding Program
3 Goals | 3 days | 3 hours
Our intensive feeding therapy program is completely customized and tailor-made to fit you and your family’s needs. However, not all families are in need of an intensive feeding therapy program and weekly feeding therapy is more suitable. This program is specifically designed for those toddlers and preschoolers who are “picky” eaters and you have “tried everything” for about a year. The program is geared towards families that have an open-mind, a willingness to share and an interest in truly changing many things about their routines, communication and attitudes to make a difference in their child’s eating habits.
On Day 1, the goal is the schedule. We will spend the first 20 to 30 minutes discussing the current mealtime/snack, sleep/nap and activity schedule for your toddler or preschooler with any and all caretakers that provide meals or influence the child at home. We will review the medical records and food log you have prepared from the week prior to our program start date and discuss the appropriate schedule for your child based on their specific nutritional needs throughout the day. Be prepared for getting a little personal! We will be going into your refrigerator or pantry and pulling foods that are not a good fit for your child. We will go through a cognitive exercise with your child during this process.
On Day 2, the goal is the communication. We will be discussing the differences, if any, in communication strategies and techniques that are being used among caretakers in the household. We will log notes in a food journal based on the specifics of your household. We will discuss strategies to use along with actual scripts of language to use repeatedly specifically designed for your child, based on their personality, to encourage a set mealtime schedule and routine around feeding. Be prepared for some tough, honest conversations and breakthroughs!
On Day 3, the goal is desensitization. We will be circling back to any medical reason that the child is having difficulty during meals and recommend an oral-motor program as well as a weekly Tasting Menu schedule with food chaining options specifically designed for your child along with preferred and non-preferred mealtime choices to offer for the next 2-3 weeks. We will train you and your child on the oral-motor exercises that have been recommended as well as any sensory regulation exercises that need to be implemented into the daily routine. We will provide further recommendations for referrals of other professionals as well.