We are open for business both face to face and Telehealth.
The waiting room is closed until further notice to protect the safety of our staff, families and clients.
Families call the office from their car, the therapist meets them outside to get their child and return their child.
If the family is scheduled for an evaluation only ONE parent is allowed and no other children can attend. 

If you been exposed to COVID we ask that you call the office and cancel your appointments.
If your child has to cancel multiple times there is no guarantee that your standing appointment can be saved upon your return. 

 

Creve Coeur, MO 314.567.4707
St. Peters, MO 636.922.4700
Paducah, KY 270.443.5712
Murray, KY 270.767.6397

FeedingTeam

CHILDREN THAT DO NOT EAT

The progression of feeding and skill development occurs during the first year of a child’s life, but what if that progression does not occur as expected?  As parents, we are supposed to feed our children, but some babies will not progress to table foods and/ or have a very limited diet. Many parents continue to hear the words “your child will eventually eat when they are hungry” but this does not happen. This is not the fault of the parent but instead the makeup of the child. We see parents all week long that are exhausted from multiple attempts to feed their child, fear of their child being malnourished, watching their child’s weight decrease and overall, they feel helpless that they cannot feed their baby.

Often when a child is referred for feeding therapy there is more going on than just an oral aversion. We look at the child globally while assessing the neurological make up and how they process sensory information. In most cases the child has delays in more than just feeding skills. A delay in feeding is rarely just the involvement of the mouth.

We take feeding therapy very seriously and know that progress is best with intense treatment up front. We work with insurance to see a child for multiple meals if it is needed. Frequency may increase or decrease as your child progresses.

Its critical that you have all paperwork, food from home and supplies for your initial evaluation. If this is not completed you might have to reschedule your appointment" 

Forms Needed

What to expect your first visit:

Sensory Solutions’ Feeding Team consists of our experienced Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, and Dietitians.

During your evaluation:

  1. You will be seen by an Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist who specialize in feeding disorders.  The appointment will take 45-60 minutes.  If the Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist feel there is a need for our Physical Therapist to evaluate seating and positioning and/or our Dietitian to evaluate nutrition, referrals will be made accordingly. If we feel a referral to Behavioral Health is indicated a referral will be made for an evaluation.
     
  2. The Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist will collect the child’s medical, developmental, and feeding histories.  We will evaluate the child’s oral motor skills as well as feeding based on the child’s behavior.  Please make sure your child is hungry at the evaluation.
     
  3. Bring in any utensils, cups, bottles, pacifiers (for babies), 3 preferred foods,  3 non-preferred foods, and a 3-day food diary.

Following the interview:

Our Feeding Team will discuss our recommendation for you child and you will work with our front office before leaving to set up your therapy visits. 

The frequency your child will be seen is based on various factors. The frequency your child will be seen will be recommended the day of the initial evaluation.  Frequency may increase or decrease as your child progresses.

Who Qualifies for Sensory Solutions’ Feeding Team?

  • Any child with a feeding tube
  • Any child with a diagnosis of failure to thrive
  • Any child with difficulty latching to a breast or bottle nipple
  • Any child who exhibits excessive spillage when drinking from a bottle or breast
  • Any child who exhibits a limited diet
  • Any child who does not chew above the age of 1 year old
  • Any child who is not gaining weight
  • Any child with a history of acid reflux and/or constipation
  • Any child that is not progressing to table foods at 12 months of age 
  • Any child who is exhibiting refusal and /or negative behaviors that are limiting his or her current diet or inhibiting progression of diet 
  • Any child that gags and/ or vomits on textures 
  • Any child who exhibits difficulty swallowing
  • Any child who refuses to swallow or holds food in his or her mouth

 

Please download and bring the Feeding History Form

Feeding History Form

 

Download our Red Flag lists for Physical TherapySpeech Therapy, or Occupational Therapy if you are still unsure if your child would benefit from therapy. If you still have questions please give us a call or set up an evaluation.

Please download and make sure you have ALL of the proper forms filled out and bring them with you to your appointment.

St. Louis Patients
New Patient Forms

 

Kentucky Patients
New Patient Forms

Testimonials

"Before coming to Sensory Solutions, my daughter only ate fruits and took a bottle for meals. She wouldn't eat anything other than crunchy snacks and fruits. She lost weight from not eating. Now, she eats much better. She eats most pastas, deli meats, carrots, green beans, beets, pork, beef, chicken, almost all fruits, and rice."


"My son has come a long way. He is no longer only taking a bottle. That is a big thing for him. He is eating food and drinking out of a cup now."



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Creve Coeur, MO
Sensory Solutions - Corporate Office

Telephone: 314.567.4707

FAX: 314.567.4505

St. Peters, MO
Sensory Solutions
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Telephone: 636.922.4700

FAX: 636.922.4505

Paducah, KY
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Telephone: 270.443.5712

Murray, KY
Sensory Solutions-KY, LLC

Telephone: 270.767.6397

FAX: 270.767.6853