Help Me Eat

1WHAT IS A SELECTIVE/RESTRICTIVE EATER?
  • A Selective (picky) eater is a child who eats 20-30 foods in 3 areas (proteins, fruits/vegetables, carbohydrates)
  • A Restricitve (problem) eater is a child who eats
  • We prefer the term, Eating Challenges, to describe the difficulties our clients face
  • Other terms include: Food Neophobia, Infantile Anorexia, Picky/Problem/Selective/Restrictive Eater
  • Our experience shows that most children with eating challenges have a combination of difficulties: medical history (reflux, food allergies, illness, a significant food “event”), ORAL MOTOR difficulties (stability, control, coordination, and dissociation of the jaw, lips, tongue), sensory challenges (the look, touch/texture, smell, taste of foods), & resultant behavioral challenges including anxiety concerning foods
  • 2SERVICES AVAILABLE
  • In-depth Eating & Oral Motor Evaluations for Eating or Swallowing Challenges
  • Therapy for Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Elementary-aged and Older Children
  • Therapy for Adults
  • Training/Coaching for Parents or Care Givers
  • Help Me Eat classes/groups for any age
  • Help Me Eat summer camp
  • 3THERAPY TECHNIQUES INCLUDING
  • Our Help Me Eat program—a combination of—
  • Our skilled approach based on our 20 years of experience and knowledge
  • Kay Toomey’s SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding
  • Food Chaining
  • Suzanne Evans Morris’ Mealtime strategies
  • Structured oral placement exercises (Talk Tools hierarchies)
  • Beckman stretches
  • Training for parents in how to conduct therapy meals at home
  • 4THERAPY FOR THE FOLLOWING NEEDS
  • Expanding the variety of foods accepted by a person with eating challenges
  • Normalize sensory skills that support eating
  • Parent/ family training in carryover techniques for home
  • Support/teach techniques for difficult breastfeeding
  • Assist with bottle drinking
  • Teach general feeding skills
  • Overcome swallowing difficulties
  • Learn to eat textured foods
  • Transition from the bottle to the cup
  • Drink from a straw
  • Eliminate pacifier and thumb sucking dependency
  • Transition from feeding tubes to oral feeding
  • Swallowing safety
  • In Orofacial Myology therapy, we teach the tongue and facial muscles WHERE to rest and HOW to move during oral swallowing.

    The prefix "myo" means muscle. We help our clients to eliminate orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) which may be harmful, incorrect habits and/or improve inappropriate muscle function patterns of the tongue, lips, jaw, cheeks, and face. If untreated, these OMDs can lead to improper development of the teeth, chewing, oral swallowing, speech, poor table manners, and poor resting tongue &/or lip patterns. The most common OMD is a tongue thrust. Incorrect positioning of the tongue during oral swallowing & at rest contributes to improper orofacial development and teeth misalignment.

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