Feeding

Feeding challenges are common. We can help

CCSN’s Feeding Clinic provides direct treatment and family training to address a wide range of feeding challenges

Our unique, multidisciplinary approach brings together a clinical team to support both behavioral and oral-motor needs. Our clinic includes both evaluation and treatment services. We also focus on family training to support the improved behavior of your loved one.

CCSN’s Feeding Clinic addresses common areas where some children may struggle including:

  • Food Selectivity - Issues with having a picky eater
  • Food Refusal - Issues with refusing to eat food
  • Oral-Motor Deficits - Issues with oral motor skills including chewing or swallowing

Our Approach

A comprehensive evaluation is conducted to determine variables that interfere with eating, such as:

  • Assessment of Mealtime Behavior - an evaluation utilizing observational methods and data collection systems to identify environmental conditions that affect behavior during mealtime
  • Food Logs - record of foods eaten over a designated period of time to assess variety of foods presented and amount of intake
  • Preference inventory - parental report of taste, texture, and temperature preference
  • Clinical Observation - evaluation of other physiological and social influences that could compromise successful feeding
  • Assessment - ongoing systematic evaluations of your child's preferences for different foods as these evolve throughout treatment

Treatment Plan Development

  • Intervention is based on individual needs identified through the diagnostic evaluation
  • Treatment will address behavioral issues, oral-motor issues or both
  • Weekly personalized behavioral and oral-motor treatment targets:
    • Skill development and overcoming restrictions
    • Parent training
    • Supporting skills across different environments and settings
  • Treatment procedures are designed to support use throughout the week by parents, school personnel, and other caregivers
  • Collaboration with pediatricians, nutritionists, school teams, and other service providers as needed
  • All treatment recommendations and training are supervised by the team at CCSN
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Insurance Reimbursement:

CCSN Behavioral Health accepts insurance from a variety of providers. We would be happy to check eligibility and verify benefits with your insurance company. Please contact us for more information.


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Feeding Your Child with Autism: A Family-Centered Guide to Meeting the Challenges” by Dr. Mark J. Palmieri, Psy.D., BCBA-D & Kristen Powers, M.S., OTR/L Woodbine House, Amazon