Feeding Therapy -> Sensory


Sensory therapy addresses the processing, visual, and motor challenges apparent in individuals requiring feeding therapy. Therapy strategies address tolerating, interacting, touching, smelling, tasting, chewing, and swallowing non-preferred foods.

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Reference links

  • A Little PEP Goes a Long Way In the Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders 2
    Author: Teresa Boggs and Neina Ferguson - Feeding disorder in young children is a growing concern, particularly feeding challenges with sensory and/or behavioral underpinning. These feeding disorders are characterized by food refusal, anxiety when presented with novel foods, failure to advance to textured foods, and inappropriate mealtime behaviors. The Positive Eating Program (PEP) was developed to remediate feeding disorders by providing rich experiences in food vocabulary, positive sensory nonfood and food activities, and structured and predictable through trials
  • Feeding Therapy (and Picky Eating) 1
    Author: Sensory Kids - There are many reasons why a child can have difficulty with feeding. At Sensory Kids we look at the whole picture, taking in your child’s unique needs and strengths and your family routines and priorities to help develop a comprehensive approach to mealtime and eating. What is Feeding Therapy? Feeding and the act of eating … Continue reading Feeding Therapy (and Picky Eating)
  • Pediatric Sensory-Based Feeding Difficulties - Conditions and Treatments 0
    Author: Children's National Hospital - Patients who present as picky eaters or only accept limited varieties of foods or liquids may have sensory-based feeding difficulties. Learn more about sensory-based feeding difficulties in children.

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Related Disorder(s)

  • Feeding disorders - A feeding disorder, in infancy or early childhood, is a child's refusal to eat certain food groups, textures, solids or liquids for a period of at least one month, which causes the child to not gain enough weight, grow naturally or cause any developmental delays.
  • Neurological Conditions - Types of neurological conditions may include: Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementias, Brain Cancer, Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders, Mental Disorders, Parkinson’s and Other Movement Disorders, and Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA).
  • Sensory processing disorders - Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.

Goal Bank

  • Max will decrease sensitivity to oral and non-oral sensory input over a period of 3 months. 0
  • Sarah will participate in easy-moderate food sensory activities with minimal resistance given minimal support over a 1 period. 0
  • Erica will participate in moderate-challenging non-food sensory activities with minimal resistance given minimal support over a 1 period. 0
  • Bryan will increase food acceptance to include a variety of textures and consistencies through participation in food tries across a 3 month period. 1
  • Marley will increase food awareness of food types through participating in food related activities across a 3 month period. 1
  • Bryson will participate in structured food tries to increase novel food acceptance to include a variety of textures and consistencies when presented in new locations across a 3 month period. 1
  • Jane will make gains on the food hierarchy to increase food-inventory over a 3 -month period. 0
  • Jane will increase food inventory by 2 foods to improve nutrition over a 6 week therapy period. 0