Sensory integration is a concept that describes the process of receiving and organizing sensory information from our bodies and the environment. Difficulties related to sensory integration can have a serious impact on a child’s eating patterns and behaviors.
Our program serves children who display any or all of the following sensory-based behaviors:
- Avoids certain foods based on textures or colors
- Eats less than 15 foods
- Refuses entire food groups
- Has behavioral challenges or meltdowns at meals
We offer support and education for mealtime routines at home to encourage a positive experience with food for all members of the family.
In order to make your child's feeding session as personalized as possible, we ask that you bring in the following to each weekly session.
- One preferred food item
- One non-preferred item
- One variable food item
Alternate the types of foods that you bring in each week, and we will collaborate with selecting different textures and foods to bring in based on your set of values and priorities.
During a mealtime treatment session, the use of sensory-rich activities prior to and during eating will be incorporated to promote mealtime success.
- Your child will be encouraged to smell, touch and play with foods in efforts to develop a readiness to tolerate different types of foods
- Any contact with food is a step in the right direction
- Eating is aimed to be a pleasurable and fun experience, as foods will be progressively introduced into your child’s diet
- Developing new eating skills is a process that will take time and practice in therapy and at home