Feeding Therapy -> Behavior -> Tolerance


Ability to have new foods introduced or unwanted foods in the eating space without demonstrating negative behaviors.

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

Activity List(s)

Goal Bank

  • Given sensory strategies (i.e., steps for eating, visual supports, etc.), Lanita will tolerate kissing non-preferred foods in 3 /4 trials across 3 consecutive therapy sessions with decreasing prompts as measured by observation and data collection in order to expand her diet to include meat and vegetables. 3
  • Within a 6 months, Dianna will improve food variety by working through the sensory hierarchy (i.e. tolerate in room, smell, taste, chew, swallow, etc.) for nonpreferred items 8 or more times during a treatment session or during mealtimes at home with minimal cueing to support desensitization and increase nutritional variety over 6 consecutive sessions. 0
  • Within 6 months, Gabby will increase intake of a variety of nonpreferred proteins, fruits, and vegetables by consuming 5 /6 bites of nonpreferred proteins, fruits, and vegetables with moderate cueing in a therapy session with no aversions (i.e. gagging, etc.) across 4 consecutive sessions in order to increase the nutritional variety of diet. 0
  • Jospeh will increase overall awareness in the oral cavity through vibration, so as to increase willingness to accept feeding and swallowing experiences 3 times a session over consecutive sessions as measured by clinician data and observation. 2


  • Food Explorer's Guide to the Foodie-Verse preview

    Food Explorer's Guide to the Foodie-Verse

    Gabriella Cousino, M.S., CF-SLP

    The "Food Explorer's Guide to the Foodie-verse" resource was designed for feeding therapists as a tool to increase food awareness. This resource can be used to... • Increase food awareness • Educat...


  • Feeding Therapy: Food Trial Visuals With Kiki preview

    Feeding Therapy: Food Trial Visuals With Kiki

    Gabriella Cousino, M.S., CF-SLP

    The "Feeding therapy: Food Trial Visuals with Kiki" resource is designed to be an interactive visual aid to be used in feeding therapy.

    Includes activity list


  • Green Light, Yellow Light, Red Light preview

    Green Light, Yellow Light, Red Light

    Haley Simpson

    Visual resource for feeding therapy to categorize current foods in a child's diet and achieve full inventory list of accepted or non-preferred foods.


  • Eating Hierarchy preview

    Eating Hierarchy


    Feeding Resource. Sensory Resource. Feeding Therapy Resource. Children who are picky eaters or problem feeders may experience difficulty with new foods (taste, texture, smell, etc.). The eating hie...

    Includes activity list