Early Intervention Services
WeeTalk’s Early Intervention Feeding Therapists are committed to supporting caregivers along with their babies and toddlers by promoting safe and comfortable mealtimes whether it be breast, bottle, puree, or table foods.
Our therapists work closely with babies/toddlers and their families to discover the source of the child’s difficulties and offer specific strategies and put supports in place to make the entire process of eating easier and more enjoyable.
Our highly trained therapists utilize your child’s daily routines to target learning opportunities that occur naturally so that learning new skills will seem easy.
Please know that “feeding” is a specialty within a specialty. Not all OT’s and SLP’S are trained in pediatric feeding, and not all pediatric therapists have advanced feeding therapy education and practice either. Our feeding therapists (both OT and SLP) are trained extensively and continually in pediatric feeding development and disorders.
- Weaning from breast or bottle
- Efficiently and safely consume bottles
- Coughing, gagging, or choking during drinking or eating
- Accepting oral feedings when a feeding tube is in place *if determined safe by doctors
- Safely drinking from a cup
- Eating purees
- Eating table foods
- Chewing foods
- Expanding foods into their diet (picky eating)
- Enjoying mealtime routines due to anxiety/stress
- Gaining weight *if determined necessarily by doctors
Seek Early Intervention if
- Latching to breast or bottle
- Gaining weight
- Able to consume 2-3 oz without falling asleep
- Keeping feeds down (excessive spit up/vomiting)
- Eager to begin feeding when bottle or food is in sight
- Bringing hands to mouth
- Coordinating suck and swallow during feedings
- Gaining appropriate weight
- Opening mouth to begin to accept strained/pureed foods
- Mouthing toys or food items
- Holding bottle
- Easily consuming pureed foods
- Eating soft table foods
- Eating finger foods and purees
- Beginning to chew foods
- Beginning to self-feed finger foods
- Holding spoon
- Able to drink from a sippy or straw cup
- Eating table foods
- Drinking from cup
- Scooping foods with spoon and bringing to mouth
- Understanding food vs. non-food items
- Gives dishes to parent when all done
- Exploring foods with hands
- Eating diet of the family
- Able to wash hands
Are You a Physical, Occupational, or Speech Therapist?
WeeTalk is owned and operated by therapists. Founded in 2006, WeeTalk provides a full range of Early Intervention services for infants and children. Our specialized services include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Feeding Therapy, and Special Instruction as well as Hearing, Visual, and Behavior Supports.