Feeding is a vital part of our lives. Eating properly provides our bodies with adequate nutrition for growth and development. Meal times are also social times for interaction with family and friends within our society. While it seems that eating should come naturally, it does not for many children for various reasons. A child may have weakness or lack coordination in their oral muscles, they may have aversions to textures or tastes, or they may have difficulty swallowing. At SPT, we have speech and occupational therapists who are trained to help your child with the various aspects of feeding. Our therapists have been trained in various feeding programs to offer the latest treatment techniques to address your child’s feeding concerns. Our non-invasive and play-based treatment techniques will allow your child to enjoy learning to eat.
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Oral Motor Feeding

By 3 Months

• Establishing a feeding routine that is typically stress free and showing adequate weight gain

By 6 Months

• Enjoys mealtime. • No longer loses liquid during sucking from bottle or breast. • Showing interest in others.

By 8 Months

• Has begun taking soft solids from a spoon. • Is using a primitive chewing pattern with soft foods. • Can be fed sitting with some support.

By 12 Months

• Liquids are primarily from a cup even though may still be breast or bottle feeding. • Eating coarsely chopped table foods including easily chewed meals. • Enjoys cookies, crackers, and cereals for snacks.

By 15 Months

• Sitting unsupported for meals. • Foods now include most meats and many raw vegetables and fruits. • Drooling is not a problem unless teething.

By 18 Months

• Enjoying most table foods safely. • Self feeding with some assistance. • Drinking from an open cup with some assistance and minimal loss of liquids.

By 2 Years

• No loss of liquid when drinking and cup is removed. • Chews and swallows with no food or saliva loss. • Swallows solid foods, even those with combinations of texture, with lips closed.

By 2.5 Years

• Eats the same foods as the rest of the family. • Drooling is not present.