Feeding Therapy
Feeding Therapy
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Feeding Therapy

Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapy is a specialized branch of occupational or speech therapy involving specialized treatments to address gagging, vomiting, decreased food/texture tolerance, drooling, and decreased strength or range of motion of the mouth and other facial structures.

At Amy Rogge & Associates, we approach feeding issues using the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. Beckman Oral Motor Protocol uses stretches to build strength against resistance, increase oral facial range of motion, and increase controlled movement of the lips, cheeks, jaw, and tongue. This protocol is useful across the lifespan, and is effective with a variety of diagnoses. For more information on this approach, please visit Beckmanoralmotor.com.

Feeding Therapy Process:

  • Evaluation: Your therapist will perform a baseline evaluation to assess possible issues. This visit may be videotaped with your permission for reference.
  • Clinical Intervention: Your child will be seen regularly for specialized treatment and supplemental activities that support eating skills. Please plan on attending these sessions in order to learn and strengthen your home program
  • Home Exercise Program: Successful feeding and eating will not happen with only 1-2 hours of weekly therapy! Being comfortable with your home exercise program and performing it daily is critical to your child’s success. Your therapist will create a home program, train parents/family members and follow up regularly with adjustments as needed to maximize your child’s potential for feeding/eating. Home visits for feeding therapy are offered and encouraged.

Feeding interventions will be discontinued when the family and therapist determine that feeding goals have been satisfactorily met, or when the parents and therapist determine other methods (behavioral, ABA, etc.) may be more beneficial.

Feeding Therapy
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