Feeding Therapy: SOS Approach to Feeding

Kids First Children’s Services is pleased to announce that accredited Feeding Therapy for fussy eaters and children with feeding problems is now available at our children’s health practice in Brookvale.

Our Feeding Clinic runs on Fridays. Please read below for all the details.

SOS Approach to Feeding Therapy in Sydney's northern beaches

What is the SOS Approach to Feeding?

Parents and caregivers of children who will not eat are faced with a difficult and often puzzling challenge.

The SOS approach to feeding program is known around the world for it’s ‘child friendly’ strategies for helping children overcome their problem food behaviours.

SOS stands for ‘Sequential Sensory Oral’.

The SOS Approach to Feeding is a trans-disciplinary one that assesses and treat children aged 0 to 18 who struggle with feeding difficulties and poor growth.

It takes a ‘whole child’ approach to working out why kids won’t eat, and finds solutions that work …. for children and their families.

The SOS Approach to Feeding focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food.

It allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of him/her; then moving on to touching, kissing, and eventually tasting and eating foods.

Could the SOS Approach to Feeding help your fussy eater?

The SOS Approach is an evidence-based, world renowned program that helps fussy eaters and children with feeding problems to develop the skills they need to enjoy a balanced, healthy diet and positive attitude to food.

If your child struggles with any of the following issues, he or she may be a candidate for therapy using the SOS Approach to Feeding:

♦ Aversion to or avoidance of an entire food group or texture group (this is common in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory processing difficulties)

♦ Your family is fighting about food and feeding (ie. Meals are usually a battle)

♦ Your child is difficult for everyone to feed (eg preschool, other family members’ homes, parties)

♦ Crying and/or arching at most meals (infants)

♦ Poor weight gain

♦ Weight loss

♦ Continued choking and gagging during mealtimes

♦ Vomiting

♦ More than one incidence of nasal reflux

♦ Inability to transition to pureed foods by the age of 10 months or solid foods by 12 months

♦ Inability to transition from bottle to cup by the age of 16 months

♦ A food range that consists of less than 20 foods

The SOS Approach to Feeding at Kids First

Laura Simmons SOS Feeding Therapist

At Kids First, the SOS Feeding program is offered in a child-friendly, multi-disciplinary environment in which children and families are supported and encouraged.

Laura Simmons, Occupational Therapist is an accredited SOS (Sequential Sensory Oral) feeding therapist and offers individual support that is tailored specifically to the needs of each child and family.

In order to determine if the SOS Approach to Feeding is appropriate for your child, we invite you to make a preliminary appointment with Laura, at which your child’s feeding behaviours and needs will be comprehensively discussed.

Prior to your first appointment, we will provide you with important case history and sensory questionnaires which must be completed and returned to Kids First at least 2 days prior to your first appointment. For your convenience, these questionnaires are accessed on-line and returned to us via a secure e-portal.

The detailed information that you share with us will assist Laura and the rest of Kids First’s multi-disciplinary team as they prepare for your first visit to our centre, which is located in Sydney’s northern beaches.

Our first meeting with you will provide you with opportunities to ask questions and discuss strategies for your child. Should feeding therapy be the best clinical option for your child, this will be discussed so that you may make an informed decision about the process that you believe will be in your child’s best interest.

Therapy sessions and rebates

Occupational Therapy sessions that support feeding are eligible for Medicare and health fund rebates at Kids First.

Your family doctor is the best person to speak with regarding a Medicare plan, as he or she is the only person who can determine if your child is medically eligible for this rebated support.

If you have private health fund insurance, please check with your fund to ascertain if your specific policy offers rebates for occupational therapy.