Mitchell’s place is now offering a collaborative 12-week feeding therapy program. This hands-on, collaborative program is led by a Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, and Speech Therapist. Together, the three disciplines evaluate and treat children with autism with complex feeding issues.
We look at the whole child to determine to core of what is negatively impacting the child’s ability to eat a well-balanced diet, and then target those areas during treatment. We do not have a dietician on staff, so it is also recommended that families in our program consult with their pediatrician and a dietician.
To get involved with this program, we ask that you commit to participating for at least 12 weeks. During the program, families will be asked to complete activities each week to assist in generalizing skills to the home. You will also be asked to meet briefly with the therapy team twice monthly to discuss goals and review progress.
If you would like more information about the collaborative feeding program at Mitchell’s place, please contact our Director of Related Services, Becky Weldon at (205)957-0294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child is a “picky eater” they may benefit from a feeding therapy consultation. If your child is a “problem feeder” they would benefit from feeding therapy intervention.
|Eats at least 30 different foods||Eat less than 20 different foods|
|If child stops eating a preferred food, they will typically go back to it after a 2-week break.||Will rarely ever accept that food again, even after taking a break.|
|Generally able to tolerate new foods on their plate, and can usually touch or taste a new food, even if they do so very reluctantly.||Cry, protest, and “fall apart” when presented with new foods. They completely refuse to do anything with the food.|
|Eat at least one food from most food texture and nutrition groups.||Refuse entire categories of food textures or nutrition groups.|
|Frequently eat different foods at a meal than the rest of the family, but usually eat with the family.
|Almost always eat different foods at a meal than the rest of the family, and often don’t eat with the family (either eat at separate times or eat alone in a separate space).|
|Sometimes reported by a parent as a “picky eater” at well-child check-ups.
|Persistently reported by a parent as a “picky eater” across multiple well-child check-ups.|
If your child meets more than one of the “Problem feeder” criteria they would benefit from a feeding therapy evaluation. If you are concerned about your child who is a “picky eater” we are happy to provide resources and support.
A mixture of curriculums will be used to build a foundation in social development with this age group. These curriculums are evidence-based and have proven to be beneficial in teaching children foundational executive functioning skills essential to participating effectively in social group environments. The curriculums offer practical strategies designed to target core concepts of social development through simple terminology and kinesthetic learning activities. The concepts that will be addressed include joint attention, imitation, identification, eye gaze detection, point of view, predictions, checking in, social queries, matching behavior, and self-assessment.
This age group will use a mixture of curriculums to expand on the foundation that was built at a younger age. These curriculums are evidence-based and have proven to be beneficial in teaching children the social skills needed to establish and maintain friendships and peer relationships. They teach the application of more complex social concepts such as peer acceptance, conversational skills, reputation, taking no for an answer, rules of a good sport, making a best friend, resisting teasing, respect toward adults, managing competition, and avoiding physical fights. Video modeling, role play, and kinesthetic learning activities will be used as teaching tools and homework will be given each week to encourage continued application of these concepts.
Requirements for Participation in each group:
Fall Groups start date is to be determined. The Fall and Spring groups last 12 weeks and take place after school one day a week, for 1.5 hours.
Complete the enrollment packet found HERE.
If you do not have access to a computer, call Mitchell’s Place and we will arrange to mail a physical copy of the packet. For more information please contact the Director of Related Services, Becky Weldon, at 205-957-0294.
If you are a new student, we will contact you to confirm your concerns to determine the appropriateness of the group for your child’s needs.