Feeding Therapy

At Head to Toe Therapy we have made feeding and oral motor therapy a passion. We enjoy the small but important steps that lead to children eating effectively which in turn decreases the stress level of the family as a whole. Irene Winkler, OTR/L has taken extensive course work in oral motor and feeding. She understands that feeding is just not putting food in your mouth. It is a process of accepting food and having the ability to move food in your mouth when it gets there. It is also a social activity that can build connections with other people. Being positive and building trust not only with the child but also the family is a must in her sessions.

Feeding Therapy is based on:

  • Picky Eater vs. Problem Eaters: The SOS approach to feeding by Dr. Kay Toomey
  • 3-day NDT approach to treatment of the baby by Lois Bly, PT
  • Special Topics in Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing by Joan Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Listening with the Whole Body: Therapeutic Listening Program by Lynette Burke, OTR
  • Oral Motor Feeding Workshop by Gay Lloyd Pinder, PhD, SLP
  • Nutrition and Feeding with Children on the Autism Spectrum by Pasadena Child Development Associates
  • Vestibular and Vision Therapy by Mary Kawar, OTR/L
  • Sensory integration and Behavior by Carol Kranowitz
  • Sensory Regulation and Modulation in Early Intervention and Preschool Population by Maria Anzalone, Sc.D, OTR/L
  • Practical Sense in Sensory Integration by Julia Harper, OTR/L
  • Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention by Debra Beckman, SLP
  • SI for EI by Julia Harper, OTR/L
  • MORE: Integrating the mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions by Patricia Oetter, OTR and Eileen Richter, OTR
  • Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing by Catherine Shaker, SLP