Feeding Therapy and Nutrition Services


  • About Feeding Therapy

  • Evaluation and Treatment

  • Feeding Therapy Team

  • Resources

  • About Feeding Therapy

    About Feeding Therapy

    Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy provides feeding therapy and nutrition services to infants, children, and adolescents with feeding struggles.

    We are here to help your child with their feeding and nutrition, and achieve mealtimes that are more enjoyable for everyone!

    When Feeding therapy is needed:

    • Picky eating, food selectivity, rigid feeding behavior
    • Limited food range/or missing complete food groups with concern of meeting nutritional needs
    • Aversion or avoidance of variety of tastes, temperatures, and/or textures of food
    • Failure to consume enough nutrients which can lead to poor growth
    • Difficulty with breast and/or bottle feeding
    • Difficulty transitioning from breast to bottle, baby foods, solids, table foods, and/or cups
    • Coughing, choking, gagging, and/or vomiting with meals
    • History of difficulty coordinating eating and breathing
    • Children at risk for tube feedings or currently getting tube feedings
    • Difficulty transitioning from tube feedings to oral feedings
    • Overstuffing mouth with food
    • Disruptive mealtime behaviors
    • Delay in development of self-feeding
    • Feeding and mealtimes have become stressful for child and/or family

     

  • Evaluation and Treatment

    Evaluation and Treatment

    Evaluation:

    A pediatric feeding specialist will complete a comprehensive feeding assessment in order to identify any barriers to successful feeding and will also assist in appropriate referrals to other disciplines if needed.

    Treatment:

    If it is determined that your child would benefit from feeding therapy services, treatment sessions will be set up for your child to work one on one with an experienced pediatric feeding specialist. The goal of feeding therapy is to help your child overcome feeding and mealtime struggles. This could include therapeutic interventions for proper positioning when eating, oral motor difficulties, sensory processing challenges, helping your "picky eater" become a more "adventurous eater" and/or provide strategies to address challenging mealtime behaviors. Overall, our goal is to help your child overcome their feeding struggles and to create mealtimes that are more enjoyable for everyone!

  • Feeding Therapy Team

    Feeding Therapy Team

    Meet our Feeding Therapy Team:

    Amy Martin, OTR, MOT
    Pediatric Occupational Therapist
    Pediatric Feeding Specialist 
    amy@kitestringstherapy.com 

    Jennifer Reeves, RD, CSP, LD
    Pediatric Registered Dietitian
    Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition 
    jen@kitestringstherapy.com

  • Resources