Feeding Therapy

Headstart can offer feeding intervention using Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach.  This is an evidence-based approach to feeding intervention that was developed in the United States (US) by Dr Toomey and colleagues, who brings her expertise and clinical experience together in this approach.

If your child:

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

then this is the feeding therapy approach for your child.

SOS uses an intensive intervention approach to teach children to:

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

It does this by teaching children new eating skills including how to:

  • handle food
  • position foods in their mouths
  • chew foods, and
  • move foods in their mouths

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 and develop the skills to eat age-appropriate or more complex foods.

SOS approach is suitable for children of all ages.