Food Exploration and Discovery (FED) Therapy

The Center for Discovery’s Food Exploration and Discovery (FED) Therapy helps your child expand their diet.

The FED program helps to resolve:

Trouble with advancement of diet: transitioning textures such as changing from smooth purees to soft foods to table foods

Food aversions/behavioral feeding problems

Problems with consuming a limited variety of foods or eating foods from only 1-2 food groups

Gagging in response to a food or a smell when it is introduced

Oral motor weakness and/or oral motor control issues

Over sensitivity to smells, tastes, and textures

Trouble maintaining body in appropriate position for feeding

Family struggles during mealtime

Following a comprehensive evaluation, a treatment plan will be devised using a child and family centered approach in order to treat underlying issues that may be affecting your child during mealtime.  Your child will be encouraged to play, to interact and have fun with food in a variety of ways.  What makes this approach different from others is that the child takes the lead throughout the session.  Progression is encouraged when your child appears to be truly comfortable with their interactions with food.

 The Food Exploration and Discovery (FED) Therapy aims to:

Increase the repertoire of foods in a child’s diet and improve willingness to try new foods

Make eating enjoyable for child and improve family meal times

Improve nutrition and overall health through expanded diet

If you feel that your child could benefit from a therapy program to address any of the above issues, please call us at (845) 707-8057 to determine eligibility for an initial evaluation by a Speech Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist.  Medicaid and many private insurances are accepted.