Every child reaches developmental milestones at a different pace. For children who experience delays in early childhood development, pediatricians may recommend that the parents seek a therapeutic program for their child. Depending on their unique abilities and needs, they may begin applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, feeding therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language pathology. If a child has not reached the age of kindergarten, a therapeutic preschool program may also be recommended.
¿Qué es un programa preescolar terapéutico?
Mientras que el plan de estudios de un programa preescolar típico está diseñado teniendo en cuenta a los niños que siguen una trayectoria de desarrollo típica, un programa preescolar terapéutico ofrece apoyo en habilidades de desarrollo fundamentales para los niños que pueden experimentar retrasos. Algunas de las áreas en las que estos programas hacen hincapié son el comportamiento, las habilidades cognitivas, la alimentación, el habla y el lenguaje, las habilidades motoras, las habilidades de juego y las habilidades sociales, entre otras.
If a child requires assistance through feeding therapy, a therapeutic preschool program may be able to provide these services throughout the day. Children who can benefit from feeding therapy will often exhibit symptoms, such as gagging during snack or meals or avoiding all foods with a particular texture. A child who is not gaining weight at the appropriate rate may also be a good fit for feeding therapy. One of the popular methods of feeding therapy is the SOS Approach.
What is the SOS Approach to feeding therapy?
The SOS Approach stands for “Sequential Oral Sensory.” This is an interdisciplinary approach to feeding therapy, meaning that different modalities are incorporated into the technique. SOS is widely used because this approach focuses on the “whole child,” rather than just one aspect of eating. For example, a therapist who is working with a child on feeding may also examine the function of their behavior or how the eating habits of the child are impacted by different environments. The therapist will also consider the physical aspects of feeding, such as their muscle development and their organs. They may also examine the sensory component of feeding and work with the child to improve their sensory integration.
Who can provide SOS?
Individuals who wish to become SOS providers can become either “trained” or “certified” in the SOS Approach to feeding therapy. Either options require extensive training, including conferences or courses. Click here if you are interested in learning more about the process for earning status as an SOS provider. Professionals who specialize in feeding therapy may also incorporate aspects of the SOS Approach, even if they are not fully trained or certified.
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