By using a multidisciplinary approach (primarily speech and/or occupational therapists), our goal is to achieve functional feeding and optimal nutrition. We serve children with feeding impairments due to medical, oral motor, developmental and behavioral issues.
Every child grows and develops at his or her own pace. Sometimes, additional help is needed in order for your child to reach developmental milestones. The earlier a challenge is addressed, the better the future success for your child.
Mealtimes are a great time for bonding and enjoying new experiences. Unfortunately, for some children, eating is not fun but rather stressful and challenging. At PNE, our goal is to achieve functional feeding and optimal nutrition via a multi-disciplinary approach using both Speech and Occupational Therapists. Feeding therapy is more than just “teaching a child to eat”. Therapists work closely with children and their families to determine the source of the child’s difficulties and develop very specific activities to make the entire mealtime experience less challenging and more enjoyable. Our therapists are trained using the SOS approach to feeding as well as other critically acclaimed feeding courses.
If any of the behaviors below are affecting your child’s ability to safely eat, meet nutritional needs or enjoy the mealtime experience, a feeding evaluation may be beneficial.
If you have concerns or feel your child would benefit from feeding therapy, please contact our office to schedule an evaluation for your child.
If your child is between the ages of birth to three, our therapists would be happy to provide services in your home or daycare through Indiana’s First Steps program. Please visit the First Steps website https://indianafirststeps.org/ or call (260) 444-2994 to refer your child for a free evaluation. PLEASE NOTE: For some children with feeding difficulties, outpatient therapy may be recommended.
Find out if your child is on target to meet milestones: