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Healing Heart

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Our son is almost 6, and we haven’t been able to move past purees.  While he’s great at eating thick things like cheesecakes, puddings, creme brulees, and anything I puree in the Vitamix I can’t seem to get him to understand how to chew.  He can do foods that dissolve easily like cheetos or small piece of cheese in general.  We don’t have a speech therapist in our area that is trained in feeding therapy.  And it’s not a swallowing difficulty so he’d not really benefit from vital stim.  How do I go about teaching him a way to be able to eat solid foods?

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28 April 2015 01:13 AM # 1

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hi there,

I saw your post and I wish I could offer advice. You mentioned you don’t have a SLP in your area trained in feeding therapy. I know some OTs are specifically trained in feeding therapy, maybe you could get a referral to your closest out-patient’s center who has a ped. feeding therapist? I too am hoping to get more support here in the UK now for feeding therapy with my lilttle 4 yr old, she will hardly eat anything by mouth. It is a daily struggle and I really pray that she’ll learn how to eat eventually. All the best! I hope he progresses and thrives with his food :)

03 May 2015 04:25 AM # 2

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Becca T - 28 April 2015 01:13 AM

hi there,

I saw your post and I wish I could offer advice. You mentioned you don’t have a SLP in your area trained in feeding therapy. I know some OTs are specifically trained in feeding therapy, maybe you could get a referral to your closest out-patient’s center who has a ped. feeding therapist? I too am hoping to get more support here in the UK now for feeding therapy with my lilttle 4 yr old, she will hardly eat anything by mouth. It is a daily struggle and I really pray that she’ll learn how to eat eventually. All the best! I hope he progresses and thrives with his food :)

Thanks so much Becca for all your kindness and support, I’m hopeful as there is a feeding therapist that I met with - just by chance when I was meeting with a product vendor, she ironically is moving to my state in the fall and said she’d be willing to work with our son, so I have my fingers crossed maybe that will happen.  I hate to get excited as it’s to far into the future for me to know if it will work out just yet.  Keep me posted on the feeding/speech in the UK ;)

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04 May 2015 12:42 AM # 3

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Oh that is exciting, my fingers crossed for you for that feeding therapist in the fall! I really hope it all works out. Things slow here in UK to get support for feeding, Brielle has her first feeding clinic appt in June. The newest thing I’m offering her is icecream, from a Cornetto cone ~ she likes holding the cone herself and taking little licks :)

05 May 2015 08:19 PM # 4

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Becca T - 04 May 2015 12:42 AM

Oh that is exciting, my fingers crossed for you for that feeding therapist in the fall! I really hope it all works out. Things slow here in UK to get support for feeding, Brielle has her first feeding clinic appt in June. The newest thing I’m offering her is icecream, from a Cornetto cone ~ she likes holding the cone herself and taking little licks :)

Ice cream is such a fun treat!  You will have to keep me posted about the feeding clinic in June, I am super curious about things in Northern Ireland compared to the benefits and services here in the States!  Suppose I’ve had a week where I’m praying there are better benefits for children with special needs out there in the world somewhere…. lol

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04 September 2016 05:28 PM # 5

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I wish I had good advice on this question, but I just can really relate.  My daughter is 5 and we are still pureeing everything. She can’t tolerate any lumps at all.  On a bright note, our Speech Therapist and OT just attended a new training and they have brought back new ideas that they want to implement with her, to try out.  We will start soon on these new methods, and I know that facial massage is a key part. 

22 September 2016 09:17 AM # 6

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Have you ever tried a nuby net feeder http://www.nuby-uk.com/view-product?product_id=784

We have had good success with this with our son - safe in the knowledge he won’t choke.

30 September 2016 04:07 AM # 7

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AlwaysRunning - 22 September 2016 09:17 AM

Have you ever tried a nuby net feeder http://www.nuby-uk.com/view-product?product_id=784

We have had good success with this with our son - safe in the knowledge he won’t choke.

Yes we tried that when he was little - he can eat pureed baby foods without any problems - it’s more of I have no idea how to transition him from purees to chewing solid foods - he’s almost eight and I’m not sure that we’ll ever be able to move past pureed foods. And sigh… the feeding therapist never followed through with us.

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02 October 2016 08:40 AM # 8

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Hi Healing Heart,
Oh that is so disappointing that the feeding therapist never followed thru :( In the UK, it’s usually a specialist SLT (speech&language; therapist) who works with children with feeding difficulties. We have a new lady working with us. Brielle has great difficulty swallowing so allows very little in her mouth, and generally holds the food/liquid just behind her lips. I hope you can find a professional with experience in working with children needing to transition from puree to chewing food/solids, so you can get the support & advice you need. Have you reached out to your nearest children’s hospital and see if they have any experienced therapists or groups? xx

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Becca T - 02 October 2016 08:40 AM

Hi Healing Heart,
Oh that is so disappointing that the feeding therapist never followed thru :( In the UK, it’s usually a specialist SLT (speech&language; therapist) who works with children with feeding difficulties. We have a new lady working with us. Brielle has great difficulty swallowing so allows very little in her mouth, and generally holds the food/liquid just behind her lips. I hope you can find a professional with experience in working with children needing to transition from puree to chewing food/solids, so you can get the support & advice you need. Have you reached out to your nearest children’s hospital and see if they have any experienced therapists or groups? xx

Typically here in the US it’s also a combination of SLP/speech therapists and feeding therapy - but unfortunately many SLP’s are not being trained in feeding and only offer speech - so it’s almost nearly impossible to find a person now that does both.

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