To access our feeding therapy, certain requirements must be met. These include completing our intake forms, obtaining a physician's referral, and undergoing a swallow evaluation conducted by a professional specializing in feeding and swallowing.
Our utmost concern is your child's safety, and thus, we insist on a thorough assessment for every child seeking our services. We aim to ensure that any feeding challenges your child may be experiencing do not stem from underlying medical conditions. Our screening tools and assessments are designed to help us determine whether our services are a suitable fit for your child's needs.
Our caregiver training services is designed to empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge and skills necessary to support their children with feeding difficulties. We understand that our recommendations may be overwhelming at first but our BCBA will provide hands-on support and guide you every step of the way. Once the initial assessments have been completed, we will meet with the caregivers to determine their goals and their child’s goals for our program. We will provide several recommendations and hands-on support in the home 1-2 times a week (depending on the child’s and caregivers needs). Our BCBA will train the caregivers on specific mealtime strategies and protocols that are tailored to their child’s needs.
The caregivers are required to follow the recommendations the BCBA provides and collect data outside of scheduled appointments. Scheduled appointments will consist of analyzing data the caregivers collected, directly observe the caregivers feed a meal, and provide feedback and additional recommendations. If the caregivers are following all recommendations and the child is not making sufficient progress, we may increase the weekly scheduled appointments or refer the child to our intensive services. If the child is making progress, we will continue to provide caregiver training services and advance the child to age-typical feeding. We will re-evaluate child’s progress every 4 weeks to determine the need for continued services.
Our intensive feeding program consists of our BCBA working directly with the child, for up to 5 meals a day, 6 days a week, in the child’s home. We will conduct additional assessments and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Our BCBA will implement and refine the treatment plan as needed until the child has made sufficient progress. This can take up to 3-4 weeks, depending on the childs needs. Once a successful treatment plan has been established, we will train the caregivers to implement the treatment plan and then they will move to our follow up program.
After a child has successfully completed our caregiver training services and/or intensive feeding services, they will seamlessly transition into our Follow-Up Program. In this phase, follow-up sessions will be scheduled with caregivers either on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. These sessions are primarily conducted remotely, allowing us to continue making progress and working towards achieving age-typical feeding milestones.