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12-Week Feeding Group to Assess and Treat Children with Feeding Difficulties (Beginning Tuesday, March 5th, 2019)

February 8, 2019

We are excited to announce that Little Hands is offering a 12-week feeding group for ages 3 to 5 years old. The group will be held weekly on Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, March 5th, 2019.

Over the course of 12 treatment sessions, children will participate in play-based activities incorporating a variety of foods and a whole-body approach to eating: This encompasses postural control, oral motor skills, behavior, learning, sensory processing, medical needs, and nutritional considerations.

Food School will be facilitated by two occupational therapists, trained in the evidence-based Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. The SOS program was developed by Dr. Kay Toomey over the course of 20+ years of clinical feeding therapy. It emphasizes play-based systematic desensitization to aversive foods to teach children to eat, explore, and enjoy a wide range of foods.

Our feeding groups at Little Hands adhere to a basic tenet of the SOS Approach- meet children at their developmental feeding level. This means that we never force a child to eat non-preferred food. Instead, we guide children in climbing a developmental hierarchy of feeding skills and behaviors through active play and interaction with a variety of foods. This evidence-supported approach contributes to long-term improvement, so that children are able to increase food diversity comfortably and successfully at home, school, on playdates, at birthday parties, and everywhere in between.

We offer feeding interventions using a peer group model, as this is an incredibly effective and powerful treatment modality in feeding therapy. Children can make rapid progress when motivated by peer-models with similar feeding challenges. Parents also take an active role in feeding interventions with ongoing coaching and home recommendations implemented to support the carryover of skills for both the parent and child.

Is the SOS Approach to Feeding right for my child?

  • My child eats a restricted range or variety of foods (typically less than 20)
  • My child refuses entire categories of foods
  • My child cries, screams, or is easily distressed when new foods are presented
  • My child eats entirely different foods than the rest of the family at meal times
  • Mealtimes are an ongoing challenge
  • I would characterize my child’s feeding habits as extremely “picky”
  • My child is over-reactive to smell or tastes to the point of gagging or vomiting
  • My child has a history of sensory-processing difficulties
  • My child has motor development challenges

Let’s make food fun!
Space is limited to 4-6 children for the spring group. Food school enrollment closes February 22nd. If you’d like to learn more about Food School or schedule an initial feeding assessment, please contact Gabrielle Perelmuter (