What are Feeding difficulties?

Feeding difficulties is a broad term used to describe feeding and mealtime behaviours that are challenging for a child, adolescent or family. The behaviours below may indicate feeding difficulties that require intervention and support available through Headstart.

Headstart may be able to support your child using the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding therapy if they:

  • have a limited diet with a low variety/range of foods
  • are not getting the correct nutritional intake required in their diet
  • are picky and/or fussy with their eating (i.e. only eating a certain brand of food or food cooked a certain way)
  • hate change within their diet (i.e. change based on shape, colour, size or presentation).

SOS approach works towards reducing these difficulties for children, adolescents and families. This is an evidence-based approach to feeding intervention that was developed in the United States (US) by Dr Toomey and colleagues.

SOS uses an intensive intervention approach to teach children, adolescents and families to:

  • tolerate
  • interact with
  • smell
  • touch
  • taste, and
  • eat new foods.

By using a positive reinforcement approach, and by providing a fun and interactive environment, your child will learn to eat a broader variety of new foods.

SOS approach is suitable for children and adolescents of all ages. Please contact administration to book.