The feeding assessment and intervention process requires consideration of:
- the child’s ability to safely take food/liquid into mouth**
- oral motor function
- muscle tone and posture
- sensory responses
- feeding behaviors
- ability to self- feed
- the physical environment (seating, table, feeding utensils, setting)
- the social environment (parent-child interactions, external cues)
- the demands of the feeding task (volume, presentation, types of food)
** If safety is in question, the child will be referred to obtain a swallow study prior to the delivery of therapy services.
Therapists at Integration Station are trained in applying the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, SOS Approach to Feeding, and Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders.