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Feeding Therapy

What is the SOS Approach to Feeding Therapy?​

The SOS Approach is a results-driven feeding program with 30 years of proven clinical experience helping children learn the skills they need to eat well. 


Who may benefit from the SOS Approach?​

"Picky eaters" or a problem feeders often require support to learn how to eat a more varied diet. If you’re concerned about a potentially “picky eater” in your life, answer these common questions and learn whether the SOS Approach to Feeding may benefit your child. 


Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders

  1. If you were to make a list of all of the foods that your child eats, how many foods would be on that list?

  2. Does your child eat the same food over and over, then suddenly stop eating that food (Food Jag)? Will they accept that food again at some point in the future, or is that food typically lost?

  3. What happens if you put a new food on their plate?

  4. Do they eat at least one food from most nutrition (proteins, vegetables, etc.) and texture (purees, soft foods, chewy foods, etc.) categories?

  5. What does their plate look like at meals compared to the rest of the family’s?

  6. How hard is it for them to learn about new foods?

  7. How often has your child been reported as a “picky eater” at well-child check-ups?

Click HERE to learn the differences between "picky eaters" and problem feeders


How is the SOS Approach Implemented?​

The SOS Approach uses Play with a Purpose, the Steps to Eating, and Research to guide therapy. 


Play with a Purpose

Based on the “normal” developmental steps, stages and skills of feeding found in typically developing children, the SOS Approach focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food. The program 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 managing the smell of the foods, learning about how foods feel on the body and in their mouth, and then enjoying tasting and eating new foods following the Steps to Eating.

Steps to Eating
Eating does not begin in our mouth! There are six major "Steps to Eating".
  • Looking
  • Interact without touching
  • Smelling
  • Touching the food with fingers, hands, body, and mouth
  • Tasting
  • Chewing & Swallowing

The SOS Approach to Feeding is Evidence-Based. Visit the SOS Approach to Feeding website to explore the research supporting its approach.​

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