SOS Approach to Feeding Disorders


Kay Toomey and Erin Ross two of our esteemed instructors recently published a description of their SOS Approach to Feeding Disorders in:Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) October 2011 vol. 20 no. 3 82-87. 

This highly successful transdisciplinary approach starts with addressing the reasons why a child is struggling to eat. It uses a whole child perspective, integrating sensory, motor, oral-motor, behavioral/learning, medical, and nutritional factors for both assessment and intervention, resulting in strategies to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

What are the goals of this program?

Success is determined by
(a) intrinsically motivated and sustained interest in trying new foods
(b) enjoyment in and appropriate skills for eating and drinking a wide range of age-appropriate foods and fluids
(c) consumption of sufficient calories for optimal growth along a child’s own percentile line on a growth curve
(d) improved family understanding and functioning during mealtimes for the development of healthy relationships with food and each other.

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Clinicians: please share your experiences with this approach!