A success of SOS feeding therapy largely depends on the time that parents and carers of a child spend doing the therapy away from the clinic. The therapy works on the principle that a child is offered a variety of foods to practice the feeding skills, new textures and flavours. At a clinic, the therapist will offer a child a variety of foods to practice eating and developing the feeding skills. It gives a parent a few food ideas to offer a child and share the experience with a therapist. The more often a child is practicing eating new foods the sooner you will see the results.
Fo a child that associates food in a negative way and already struggles getting through three to five meals per day, you may wonder how and when to incorporate the therapy. We tried to avoid having another sit down food related time, so I generally did a therapy with my daughter before a meal. At the beginning we would do it once a day and later on more frequently.
You might have experineced that your child doesn’t like seating in a high chair and would eat better or more willingly if seated at a toddler table, having a picnic, while driving in a car or a pram. We did a lot of therapy on the go while shopping in a supermarket or walking around the shopping centres or parks.
For parents who work full time it is very important to get on board all carers that look after your child, so that the therapy is done on a daily basis. I have thought the educators in our childcare and parents in law how to do the therapy. I would communicate on a daily basis with them about the therapy and whether there was any progress with either new foods, the quantity consumed and the time it took to consume.
Having everyone involved is also important from the point of view that the feeding experiences vary and that a child is exposed to a variety of social settings. It is very important that the feeding experiences are positive and build confidence in a child.