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What Is Infant Feeding Therapy?

What is infant feeding therapy? It may seem obvious, but you may not have realized that it can be helped through speech therapy services.

At Pediatric Advanced Therapy, our Director of Speech Therapy, Joslin Davis, is highly qualified to treat a variety of infant feeding problems. If your child is exhibiting any of the following behaviors, it could be worth a visit with your doctor to talk about a referral for:

  • Failure to progress with any feeding skills
    • Sucking – bottle feeding, nursing
    • Spoon-feeding
    • Chewing
    • Biting
    • Drinking from an open cup
    • Drinking from a straw/sippy cup
  • Excessive fatigue during a bottle feeding/nursing (may appear as falling asleep or jaw/lip/tongue tremor)
  • Exceptionally long time to complete a feeding- greater than 20 minutes
  • Exceptionally fast bottle feedings/nursing or frequent feedings (for example: feeds less than every 2 hours)
  • Caregiver experiences increased anxiety or distress when feeding infant
  • Pain when nursing due to poor suck
  • Weight loss
  • Poor weight gain/failure to thrive
  • Disinterest in feeding
  • Refusing or avoiding certain food textures
  • Swallowing solid food whole
  • Pocketing food in cheeks
  • Loss of food or liquid from lips while eating/drinking
  • Signs of discomfort while feeding
  • Coughing/choking during or after eating/drinking
  • Gagging/vomiting during or after eating/drinking
  • Tongue tie/lip tie

About the Speech Therapy Director: Joslin Davis is ASHA certified and has feeding experience with all ages, including newborns and infants. She has attended feeding courses and has received training in the following treatment techniques: medical and behavioral feeding (e.g. CAN-EAT), sensory based feeding (e.g. food chaining, SOS), complex feeding disorders, and oral motor feeding approaches (e.g. Beckman, TalkTools, Oral Placement Therapy, Oral Placement Therapy for Down Syndrome). She has also received training in myofascial release and identification of tongue tie/lip tie. She has collaborated with physical therapy to help infant feeding patients with torticollis, plagiocephaly or other neurological deficits.

Three Locations:

  • 134 Infield Court Mooresville, NC
  • 129 Woodson Street Salisbury, NC
  • COMING MAY 2017: 2520 Whitehall Park Drive Suite 350 Charlotte, NC 28273

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Consistency is Key in Pediatric Therapy

When your child is in need of occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech therapy, therapists will spend time creating a plan specific to him/her. Therefore, it is essential for your child to attend each session to reap the maximum benefit. Consistency is key! Here are some tips to getting the most out of treatment for your child:

  • Don’t be late: Lateness cuts into treatment time. When you are running late, your child’s therapist is forced to cut out activities, making hard decisions on which treatment activities are more important. The catch is, they are all important activities!
  • Practice makes perfect: To learn a new skill or overcome a challenge, repetition is key. If you miss out on a session, your child gets less practice.
  • Take steps forward, not backward: Everyone gets sick sometimes! But, too many missed sessions can delay progress or even sabotage skills that have already been learned.
  • Consistency can mean quicker progress: Attending therapy sessions can mean extra time in the car or time away from home. Just remember that this time is worth it! The more you commit to your child’s care plan, the quicker they will see progress.  

If you would like to schedule a free 30-minute screening for a new patient or an appointment for an established patient, please call 704-799-6824.

Pediatric Advanced Therapy aims to provide the highest quality of care to all patients. In the interest of all of our patients, all cancellations require 24 hour notice to avoid a cancellation fee. In the event that the therapist needs to cancel, we will reschedule your child with another therapist for continuity of treatment.

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Red Flags: Occupational Therapy Screening Tool for 4-Year-Olds

What are red flags? A red flag is characterized as marker of delayed development in a child. These can manifest in many different ways. While every child is unique in their development and timeline of growth, there are certain behaviors that are universally causes for concern. For 4-year-olds, be aware if your child:

  • Not enjoying new toys, appears stuck on familiar or desired toys
  • Limited interest in tools/activities such as hammering, using scissors and markers, sorting objects, etc.
  • Unable to use one toy/object to represent something else
  • No interest in peer play, unable to engage in cooperative play
  • *Now able to play with single object or play theme approximately 10 minutes, quiet play approximately 30 minutes

 

Pediatric Advanced Therapy provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to the greater Charlotte area. We have two offices in Mooresville and Salisbury, with a Charlotte office opening in May 2017.

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Red Flags: Occupational Therapy Screening Tool for 2 to 3-Year-Olds

What are red flags? A red flag is characterized as marker of delayed development in a child. These can manifest in many different ways. While every child is unique in their development and timeline of growth, there are certain behaviors that are universally causes for concern. For 2 to 3-year-olds, be aware if your child:

  • No enjoyment of rough and tumble play
  • No interest or difficulty scribbling, completing 4-5 piece puzzles, building, etc.
  • Not able to engage in parallel play (beside a peer), snatching toys from others typical at this age
  • No observation of using toys as agents (doll feeding self, dump truck scooping sand)
  • Not asking who, what, where, why questions
  • Not able to locate parts of body (eyes, nose, etc.)
  • Should be able to engage in quiet play approximately 15 minutes

Pediatric Advanced Therapy provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to the greater Charlotte area. We have two offices in Mooresville and Salisbury, with a Charlotte office opening in May 2017.

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Red Flags: Occupational Therapy Screening Tool for 1 to 2-Year-Olds

What are red flags? A red flag is characterized as marker of delayed development in a child. These can manifest in many different ways. While every child is unique in their development and timeline of growth, there are certain behaviors that are universally causes for concern. For 1 to 2-year-olds, be aware if your child:

  • No interest in engaging with moving toys (balls, cars/trucks, pull toys)
  • Not attempting to feed self with spoon
  • Does not use trial and error (example: attempts something once and gives up)
  • Does not appear to use gestures and words to communicate wants and needs (limited pointing, showing, offering)
  • Limited exploration of environment (not climbing on/off chairs, going up/down steps, etc.)
  • Refuses or unable to eat same meals as rest of family
  • Unable to use utensils/will only eat with hands
  • Unable to use straw cup or sippy cup
  • No pretend or cooperative play observed (examples-hide and seek, chasing, brushing dolls hair, etc)
  • By 2 years, should be able to engage in quiet play approximately 5-10 minutes

Pediatric Advanced Therapy provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to the greater Charlotte area. We have two offices in Mooresville and Salisbury, with a Charlotte office opening in May 2017.

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Red Flags: Occupational Therapy Screening Tool for 1-Year-Olds

What are red flags? A red flag is characterized as marker of delayed development in a child. These can manifest in many different ways. While every child is unique in their development and timeline of growth, there are certain behaviors that are universally causes for concern. For 1-year-olds, be aware if your child:

  • Not mouthing toys, difficulty transitioning to textured foods
  • Difficulty eye tracking movement (decreased visual regard for toys and/or people)
  • Does not appear interested in cause and effect toys
  • Always content to lie/sit in one place
  • Not imitating sounds, gestures, emotions, etc.
  • Difficulty getting to sleep, easily awakened
  • Takes a long time to respond even to familiar voices or startles easily
  • Delayed head control (fully developed 4-5 mos.)
  • Frequent irritability with difficulty calming
  • Withdraws/fussy to with touch (examples: changing diaper or clothes, bath time, wiping face).
  • Resists being held, becomes upset when moved, when placed on back for diaper changes, etc.

 

Pediatric Advanced Therapy provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to the greater Charlotte area. We have two offices in Mooresville and Salisbury, with a Charlotte office opening in May 2017.

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Red Flags: Occupational Therapy Screening Tool for Kids of All Ages

What are red flags? A red flag is characterized as marker of delayed development in a child. These can manifest in many different ways. While every child is unique in their development and timeline of growth, there are certain behaviors that are universally causes for concern. For all age groups, be aware if your child:

  • Avoids touching or being touched (especially if unexpected), dislikes getting dirty, seems unaware of pain, and/or displays upset with daily routine tasks such as dressing, bathing, washing hair, cutting nails, etc.
    Seems clumsy or uncoordinated (taking longer than expected to learn motor skills, bumps into other people or objects in the environment, falls often, etc.)
  • Poor eye contact or difficulty interacting with adults/peers
    Covers ears, becomes upset, or complains about loud noises
    Difficulty following verbal directions or completing steps of daily routines
    Limited diet (does not eat certain food textures or temperatures, gags on food, etc.)
  • Avoids movement activities such as swings, slides, hesitates on curbs or uneven surfaces, etc.
  • Appears to be in constant motion, fidgety, difficult time sitting still
  • Overly rough when playing
  • Difficulty imitating actions
  • Unsafe in community or at home
  • Disruptive behaviors-impulsive, limited attention, resistive to new activities/changes in routine, difficulty moving from one activity to another, gives up easily, difficulty calming self

Pediatric Advanced Therapy provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to the greater Charlotte area. We have two offices in Mooresville and Salisbury, with a Charlotte office opening in May 2017.

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