SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR Center is a trans-disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding and weight/growth difficulties. The program incorporates principles and practices from multiple disciplines including psychology, pediatrics, occupational therapy, dietetics, and speech-language pathology. The approach integrates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical, and nutritional factors and approaches in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems. The approach is grounded philosophically in stages and skills of feeding found in typically developing children.
The theory and methods for SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR Center have been developed by Dr. Kay Toomey based on over two decades of work with children who have difficulty with feeding. The program, called the SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) Approach to Feeding, is taught by Dr. Toomey and her team worldwide to treat feeding issues in infants, children, and adolescents.
Feeding Assessment Options at STAR Center
Condensed Feeding Evaluations
A two-hour assessment with 1-2 members of the evaluation team includes 1 hour of face-to-face time, 30-minute write up and a 30-minute discussion with parents.
Transdisciplinary Feeding Assessment
A two-hour comprehensive evaluation by our trans-disciplinary team of five specialists with 3-hour feedback / education session for parents. Professional assessors usually include: pediatrician, psychologist, registered dietitian, occupational therapist, speech/language pathologist. Dr. Kay Toomey, director of the Feeding Solutions at STAR is the Team Psychologist.
Assessment makes sure that all physical reasons for atypical feeding development are examined and thus can be appropriately treated (including medical issues). In addition, skills across all developmental areas are assessed as they relate to feeding.
The three-hour assessment feedback is an opportunity to discuss your child’s strengths and challenges, and make specific follow-up recommendations for treatment options tailored to you or your child’s needs.
Individual and Group Feeding Therapy
We offer a Food School for a single child and his or her parents, or groups of 4-6 children and their parents. Based on the developmental steps found in typically developing children, individual therapy in Food School is based on systematic desensitization using a hierarchy of skills and behaviors necessary to progress with eating various textures and to grow at an appropriate rate.
Download flyer: Picky Eaters Versus Problem Feeders
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S.O.S. Approach to Feeding Workshops
Courses are offered for professionals wanting to learn more about the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding.