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SOS Approach to Feeding

Ellen, one of our OT’s attended “Why Children Won’t Eat:Picky vs Problem Feeders Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding” for a four day course during June 2019.

The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach focuses on increasing children’s variety of foods and the skills required to eat effectively. This is completed by improving their comfort level through exploring and learning about the different priorities of food.

Food is explored in a playful, non-stressful way, working through the 32 steps to eating – starting with the ability to tolerate the food visually in the room. This then moves onto touching, kissing and eventually tasting and eating foods.

We all learn through play therefore when learning about feeding we may play hide and seek, pretend that it is unicorn horns, snake tongue, bunny ears and wheels from a bus!

Here are some facts for you about feeding:

Eating is not the body’s first priority – it is actually breathing then postural stability

Feeding is a multi-sensory occupation

If your child finds some aspects of food challenging, give our team a ring for a chat. We have several Tree Toppers attending for feeding at the moment and what they are achieving is phenomenal.


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