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SOS Approach to Feeding

  • Feeding challenges can be addressed

    If your child struggles with choking or gagging during meals, if they vomit regularly or have reflux, if they refuse to eat any of the foods in a texture group or a nutrition group, if they cannot transition off a bottle or off of baby foods, or if they cannot gain weight, these are all "red flags" that your child may need an evaluation for a possible feeding problem. (Dr. Kay Toomey, 2010).


    Research shows that children assessed as having feeding difficulties clearly benefit from early therapeutic intervention.

    Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute uses Dr. Kay Toomey's Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to feeding to help children develop the skills they need to eat a wide range of healthy foods, and to enjoy having meals with their family.

    The SOS Approach to Feeding*

    The SOS Approach to Feeding is a developmental feeding therapy that allows a child to interact with and learn about foods in a playful, non-stressful way. It helps increase a child's comfort level by exploring different properties of the foods, including the color, shape, texture, smell and taste.

    The child is encouraged to progress up a series of steps to eating using "play with purpose" activities. Parent education and involvement are an essential part of this feeding program.

    The SOS Approach to Feeding program can be used in individual sessions as well as with small groups of three to four children.

    * The SOS Approach to Feeding is a copyrighted program that requires therapists to attend specialized training conducted by Dr. Kay Toomey.

  • Source: Dr. Kay Toomey
    Reviewed by: Sara E. Rohde, OTR/L, Courage Kenny Kids
    First published: 03/12/2015
    Last reviewed: 03/09/2015

  • Contact us

    The SOS Approach to Feeding is available at these Courage Kenny Kids locations:

    • Buffalo
    • Burnsville¬†
    • Coon Rapids
    • Forest Lake
    • Golden Valley
    • New Ulm
    • Owatonna
    • St. Croix (ages 9 and up)
    • Stillwater Family Center (ages 8 and under)¬†