Feeding Therapist For Baby

Your child may need to meet with a feeding therapist, who can help assess your child’s chewing skills and if they are moving their tongue correctly. We can teach them to strengthen the muscles in their mouth and help them move their tongue effectively.

Pediatric feeding therapists are specially trained to help assess your child’s chewing skills and determine if they are moving their tongue correctly. We can also teach them to strengthen the muscles in their mouth and help them move their tongue effectively.

Feeding therapists are an incredible resource for parents who need help with their baby’s feeding. A feeding therapist can help you determine whether your baby has a problem with his or her feeding, and if so, what kind of support you might need. Feeding therapy also helps families understand the different ways that babies eat, which can make it easier to figure out what will work best for them and their little ones.

The Basic Role of Feeding Therapists

Feeding therapists are an incredible resource for parents who need help with their baby’s feeding. A feeding therapist can help you determine whether your baby has a problem with his or her feeding, and if so, what kind of support you might need. Feeding therapy also helps families understand the different ways that babies eat, which can make it easier to figure out what will work best for them and their little ones.

Signs a Baby or Child Needs a Feeding Therapist

The role of a feeding therapist is to provide support and guidance to parents who may be struggling with their infant’s or child’s eating. Feeding therapists are trained professionals who work with families and children on a one-on-one basis, but they also work in hospitals, clinics, schools and other community settings. Feeding therapists help families address problems related to feeding such as:

  • Difficulty transitioning from breast/bottle feeding;
  • Problems chewing/swallowing food;
  • Food selectivity;
  • Safety concerns around choking hazards (hot dogs, grapes etc.).

How to Find a Feeding Therapist

The role of a feeding therapist is to provide support and guidance to parents who may be struggling with their infant’s or child’s eating. Feeding therapists are trained professionals who work with families and children on a one-on-one basis, but they also work in hospitals, clinics, schools and other community settings. Feeding therapists help families address problems related to feeding such as:

  • Difficulty transitioning from breast/bottle feeding;
  • Problems chewing/swallowing food;
  • Food selectivity;
  • Safety concerns around choking hazards (hot dogs, grapes etc.).

A feeding therapist can help with many feeding problems.

The role of a feeding therapist is to provide support and guidance to parents who may be struggling with their infant’s or child’s eating. Feeding therapists are trained professionals who work with families and children on a one-on-one basis, but they also work in hospitals, clinics, schools and other community settings. Feeding therapists help families address problems related to feeding such as:

  • Difficulty transitioning from breast/bottle feeding;
  • Problems chewing/swallowing food;
  • Food selectivity;
  • Safety concerns around choking hazards (hot dogs, grapes etc.).

How Can I help My child With Feeding Problems?

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Feed in the best way

  1. Maintain a division of responsibility in feeding. …
  2. Get started with family meals, if you aren’t having them already. …
  3. Don’t let your child have food or drinks between times, except for water. …
  4. Have the same meal for everyone. …
  5. Make wise use of “forbidden foods.”

Why would a child need feeding therapy?

For many children, a healthy diet and good nutrition is an important part of their everyday life. But for some children, access to healthy foods and the motivation to eat them can be challenging on their own. For example, some children may need assistance broadening the amount and type of foods they eat. This is very important and will allow the child to better enjoy meals and eat a more balanced, healthy diet.

How To Become A Feeding Therapist

Each SOS Certification Course will consist of 6-8 participants working together and in individual consultation with the SOS Professors to improve each student’s assessment skills, observation and understanding of children’s communication (verbal and non-verbal), clinical reasoning and planning abilities, parent education strategies, and SOS feeding therapy skills to maximize the participants’ effectiveness in utilizing the SOS Approach to Feeding Program.

Students will be asked to select a current Feeding Therapy Client to serve as an ongoing case study throughout the Certification course.  Case study presentations, written homework on Food Hierarchies and Play Plans, and observation of two videotaped clinical sessions will be used to document the progress of each student towards SOS expertise.  A written final examination will verify the highest level of understanding of SOS principles and techniques.   Participants will learn from one another’s videotaped sessions and class discussions with feedback provided by the SOS Professors and the other students.  The SOS Professors will also provide each participant with individualized mentoring via written and in-person discussion to elevate each student’s clinical skills to qualify as an SOS Certified Feeding Therapist.

SOS Certification Program Benefits

  • Opportunity to gain the additional training and expertise in the use of the SOS Approach to Feeding program with the Participant’s clients.
  • Individualized consultation and feedback.
  • Additional education and professional coaching around the implementation of SOS Approach to Feeding tenets and techniques into the Participant’s own practice.
  • Opportunity to understand how to use the SOS Approach to Feeding across a wide variety of settings and with various clinical populations through group mentoring and video review.
  • Group mentoring and observation of fellow course participant’s clinical videotaped feeding therapy sessions.
  • Engage in high-level professional dialogue, as well as connect with other like-minded colleagues in the field.
  • Placement on a Preferred Providers Referral list (if desired) given first to families seeking Feeding Evaluation and Treatment in their home community.
  • Opportunity to build a network with other therapists who specialize in Feeding Therapy to develop ongoing support and teaming abilities.
  • Certification will be the next step required for any professionals wishing to engage in Research on the SOS Approach to Feeding program.

Learning Objectives

Practitioners successfully completing the SOS Certification Program will:

  1. Explain and utilize the Five Tenants of the SOS Approach to Feeding program
  2. Employ knowledge of typical feeding development and milestones to create an accurate Feeding Assessment (including current status on the Steps to Eating and Developmental Food Continuum).
  3. Plan activities and an environment that will help their client achieve and maintain an optimal state of arousal for learning.
  4. Build Food Hierarchies which meet all requirements and support oral-motor and sensory skill acquisition.
  5. Design and implement Play Plans to facilitate clients moving up the Steps to Eating Hierarchy in a session utilizing principles of Systematic Desensitization.
  6. Accurately utilize Key Phrases, Sensory Based Problem Solving and Emotion Based Discipline during feeding therapy sessions to manage any problems which occur.
  7. Create a Partnership with their client’s caregivers that includes Parent Education and problem solving implementation of the SOS program in the Family Home.

Demonstration of Competency

Certification Program Participants will be evaluated based upon review of their written course work, video review of therapeutic intervention with actual Client Cases, response to constructive feedback provided, and final examination score. Outcomes of the Certification Program can include:

  • Successful completion = SOS Approach to Feeding Certification Awarded.
  • Remedial completion = additional mentorship will be required, including submission of additional course work and video case studies prior to being awarded a Certification. Depending upon the level of additional mentorship, an additional fee may apply.
  • Unsuccessful completion = participant will not be awarded SOS Approach to Feeding Certification.

Prerequisite Requirements

  1. Completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Course by completing one of the following:
    1. Completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Course (4 Day Course).
    2. OR completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Course prior to 2015 (3 Day course) PLUS the Advanced SOS Workshop “Tools In Your Pantry: Effectively Using the New Oral Motor Steps”.
  2. Completion of either
    1. The SOS Mentorship Course
    2. OR the Video Submission of a full Feeding Therapy Session to be reviewed for clinical competency by SOS Approach To Feeding Certification Professors.  Please note, it is at the SOS Professors discretion as to to whether submission of a Feeding Therapy Session video meets the prerequisite requirement for this requirement.
  3. Completion of the Advanced SOS Workshop: Parents as Partners: Helping the “Challenging” Family within the last 8 years.

** Please note you will be required to submit a copy of your Certificate of Attendance for all of the required prerequisite requirements as part of the Certification Application Process.

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