The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding program is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviors in a variety of settings and populations. Parents and caregivers of children who will not eat are faced with a difficult and often puzzling challenge.
Because the interplay between weight gain and a child’s experience of food can be complicated, there is rarely an easy solution when a feeding problem arises. The SOS Approach uses a trans-disciplinary team approach which assess the “whole child”: organ systems, muscles, development sensory, oral-motor, learning /behavior, cognition, nutrition and environment. The SOS Approach focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food and allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of him/her; then moving on to touching, kissing, and eventually tasting and eating foods.
This SOS Feeding Approach program is facilitated by trained Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists of this program and requires consistent therapy visits and a commitment of the family to follow through with recommendations and strategies to reach goals.
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