'Fussy-Eaters', sensory issues, attachment difficulties and more!
Attachment and Supply Issues
If you are concerned that your child is having difficulties feeding, it is important that you talk to your GP or midwife. They will provide you with the information you need to determine if you need a Speech Pathologists input.
Assessments within this area typically involve your Speech Pathologist observing your child feeding. Appointments will usually be scheduled around the time you typically feed your child. During feeding, your Speech Pathologist will assess your child's oral development to determine if a tongue-tie is present and causing issues or if there are any other issues with oral development.
Once Your Speech Pathologist has completed the assessment, they will make recommendations about some strategies to help with feeding. This may include changing teat size for bottle-fed children, altering breast-feeding position, or recommending to get a tongue snip.
6 months +
When you begin introducing solid food to your child, you may find that they will often refuse certain food types or textures. This is where your Speech Pathologist comes in. Your Speech Pathologist can determine which foods and textures are causing issues for your child and introduce these in a way that give them time to adjust.
The assessment process for this age range is highly similar to that for children younger than 6 months. The Speech Pathologist will observe your childs' behaviours when presented with a variety of food types. You may also be asked to complete a Food Diary so your Speech Pathologist can determine what foods they are currently tolerating.
Once enough information has been collected, your Speech Pathologist will develop a program to target your child's eating habits. This will often begin with allowing your child to play with the foods and similar textures to allow them to become familiar and comfortable with them, Food items will then be presented to them and the Speech Pathologist will complete a number of activities. It is important to remember that therapy in this area is very messy as this is how your child will learn how to handle 'scary' foods and textures.
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Your Speech Pathologist can also help you with all of your child's feeding problems. We can help right from the beginning when you are concerned your child has tongue-tie or they are not getting the nutrition they need. We can also help as your child develops and begins solid foods. Some children experience problems with this and require help from a Speech Pathologists to adapt to the changes.