Feeding Clinic - Food, Friends & Fun
Parents of children with ASD will often share that their children’s restricted diets are one of their primary concerns. Known as “carb kids,” children with ASD often refuse many common healthy foods including, vegetables and proteins. Their diets of choice typically include crackers, chips, and pretzels. Chicken nuggets are acceptable, but only if the child is permitted to remove the fried batter to eat, while leaving the chicken. Parents struggle under the challenges of promoting healthy foods for their children with ASD.
One fun and successful approach to feeding challenges is a program offered by CCDE Therapies. A team approach, including an occupational and speech therapist, developmental specialist, and parents is used to support Food, Friends & Fun, a 12 week class for children with feeding difficulties. This class is based on the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding. The focus of our program is based on children engaging in developmentally appropriate positive experiences with food using imaginative and creative language to describe the physical properties of food while facilitating progress in using the sensory system effectively to meet the numerous sensory demands of eating. Food, Friends & Fun also teaches the social language of mealtime routines and cues to eating to increase the predictability of mealtime for our children which decreases stress for the child and their family. The goal is to decrease resistance to touching, tasting and swallowing food to increase the range of foods in the child’s diet.