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Feeding & Swallowing Therapy Program

Program Overview

What is Feeding Therapy?

Symbiosis Feeding & Swallowing Therapy specializes in assessing and providing individualized treatment for children experiencing developmental feeding delays, oral motor deficits, and sensory-based feeding challenges.

Our services are directed towards developing the skills necessary and providing social-emotional support to promote a positive mealtime experience. We integrate neurodevelopmental, oral-motor, sensory, and relationship-based approaches into our treatment.

How It Helps

How does the Feeding and Swallowing program help?

We collaborate with your medical doctor to help your child with feeding/swallowing difficulties. During the evaluation, we will ask about your child’s medical history, development, and symptoms. We will look at the strength and movement of the muscles involved in swallowing and observe feeding to see your child’s posture, behavior, and oral movements during eating and drinking.

We work with your child to improve the strength, movement, and coordination of the mouth muscles, thereby improving your child’s feeding skills. These can include their chewing, drinking, and sucking abilities.

We work closely with you to increase your child’s acceptance of different foods and liquids by altering food texture or liquid consistencies if necessary. For young infants, we work on the coordination of the suck-swallow-breath pattern. With collaborative efforts, your support, and an excellent problem-solving approach, we can help children enjoy feeding again!

Conditions It Helps

What is Feeding Therapy?

We recommend a Feeding Assessment first for children experiencing the abovementioned issues to ascertain the condition. During the assessment, our Feeding team will conduct an in-depth interview with the parents, observe the child’s eating and drinking abilities, and may implement trial strategies that can help improve the child’s feeding skills. Depending on the outcome of the assessment, our team might recommend Feeding Therapy.

Feeding Therapy can be conducted in an individual or group setting. Our therapists may use the Positive Behaviour Plan and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding during these sessions. The SOS approach is a play-based method that helps fussy eaters develop a positive relationship with food. It aims to increase interactions with a variety of food through systematic desensitization.

Program Benefits

What's in this Program for You

Better Mealtime Experience

Foster positive interactions during meals, reducing tantrums and promoting acceptance of new foods

Personalized Treatment Plans

Address specific feeding challenges with individualized therapy strategies, ensuring personalized support

Comprehensive Support

Collaborate with medical professionals and families for treatment plans that address all aspects of feeding

Who Can Benefit from Our Program

This program is designed for children experiencing feeding difficulties such as those listed below due to various factors, including physiological, sensory, or behavioral challenges. We tailor our services to meet each child’s unique needs


Frequently Asked Questions

Signs include frequent gagging, refusal to try new foods, or prolonged feeding times. Consultation with our specialists can provide clarity.

Our sessions incorporate a variety of approaches, including positive reinforcement, sensory strategies, and guided practice, tailored to each child’s needs

Therapy aims to improve oral motor skills, expand food acceptance, and enhance mealtime experiences, promoting overall health and well-being.

We Are Here for You

Book a consultation today, let’s create a customized plan for your child’s growth

Shalini Das

Director, Board Certified Behavior Analyst,Occupational Therapist

Shalini is one of the co-founders of Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy. She currently oversees the clinical and administrative departments of Symbiosis. Shalini has more than 25 years of experience working with children with autism and developmental disabilities.

Shalini completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy specializing in Pediatric Neurology in 2000. She also has her Masters degree in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University.Shalini is listed in the RASP list as a Behavior Consultant and an Occupational Therapist.

Shalini has extensive clinical experience with assessment and program development that is designed to treat challenging behaviors, build communication, and functional life skills. Some of the team-based intervention which she incorporates are the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), SCERTS, DIR®/Floor time model, etc.

Shalini has trained & supervised several teams of therapists, parents, and other professionals on evidence-based behavioral strategies to improve the quality of life for the children. She also assists with the development and implementation of evidence-based treatment approaches, in addition to providing clinical guidance and mentorship to the Behavioral intervention team.

Shalini is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) from the University of Southern California and in Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) from NDT Association, USA. She also enjoys working with children in Symbiosis embracing different therapy models while viewing the challenges faced by the children through the developmental framework.

Shalini is the mother of two children and understands the importance of considering the needs and wants of all members of the family when establishing therapy goals. She spends her spare time with her children and husband, reading, traveling, and cooking different recipes from around the world.