A New Approach To Feeding Programs

August 2015, Limerick, PA. Theraplay, Inc. takes pride in having a staff that consists of highly skilled, experienced and licensed physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapists. In addition to providing outpatient, early intervention and school services, therapists also continually further their education and training in order to provide the best care. At Theraplay’s Limerick location, Irene Jackson and Krista Kulp were recently trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding.

The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding program is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviors in a variety of settings. This approach uses a transdisciplinary team approach which assess the “whole child”: organ systems, muscles, development, sensory, oral-motor, learning/behavior, cognition, nutrition and environment. Children are introduced to new foods in a systemic way that allows for safe exploration without the immediate pressure to chew and swallow challenging foods. Families are counseled on how to integrate the approach into mealtimes at home from the beginning of therapy.

This technique helps parents and caregivers address a difficult and often puzzling problem, and furthers of Theraplay’s mission to provide pediatric therapy services in a play environment that enables a child to maximize their potential.

Founded in 1991 by pediatric physical therapist Lisa Mackell, Theraplay is recognized as a regional leader in providing physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapy services for children from birth through age 21. Theraplay operates seven outpatient facilities across southeastern PA, and also supports students and families in school settings and through Early Intervention.

For more information on Theraplay or the services they offer, please visit theraplayinc.com and contact the location closest to you.

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