Sequential Oral Sensory

PAAC offers a Feeding Clinic utilizing the SOS Feeding Therapy approach developed by Dr. Kay Toomey, a pediatric psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience assessing and treating children with a wide range of feeding challenges. This approach focuses on problem eaters with postural, sensory, and/or oral-motor difficulties resulting in decreased food repertoire. 

This therapy is family-driven, requiring parental involvement in all sessions. These sessions, led by our Trained SOS Providers, will be held in addition to your child’s scheduled occupational therapy and speech therapy sessions. SOS is available at our Brodheadsville center.  

To schedule an evaluation, please call PAAC at 570-992-6720.

What Is SOS?

SOS stands for Sequential-Oral-Sensory, this is a child driven approach to feeding therapy. SOS was developed by Dr. Kay Toomey., a pediatric psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience assessing and treating children with a wide range of feeding challenges . This approach focuses on problem eaters with postural, sensory, and/or oral-motor difficulties resulting in decreased food repertoire. This therapy is family driven, requiring parental involvement in all sessions.

How do I know if my child would benefit from sequential oral sensory therapy?

If your child eats less than 10 foods in each category of: Protein, Staches, Fruits/Vegetables then they may be a candidate for SOS feeding therapy! If you have seen a regression in foods that your child will eat or if they have delayed oral motor development they may also be a candidate. 

What age range does PAAC treat?

PAAC can treat from ages 3-21 years old.

What does an evaluation consist of and how long will it take?

An SOS evaluation will take about an hour and be completed by both a Speech-Language Pathologist and Occupational therapist together. It will include obtaining relevant case history information and an observation of you and your child during a “typical” meal while introducing both preferred and non-preferred foods.

The therapists’ will be observing your childs’ posture, gross/fine motor skills, oral-motor skills, and sensory skills. Following the observation, the therapists will discuss their findings with the family and determine next steps. 

What does a typical sos therapy session look like?

Each session will be unique. The therapists will provide a variety (~10) foods to your child. They fall within different categories to promote oral motor development, sensory development, and exploration. The therapists carefully and therapeutically choose all foods and the order in which to present them to your child.

For an hour session, we will spend about 3 minutes with each food before presenting the next one. Remember, PLAY is a child’s main occupation, therefore we will be implementing a lot of playing with our food! The SOS feeding approach is child-led, therefore, we will never be placing food within your child’s mouth, we allow them to make the decision when eating it. 

We want to let you know that this may not be a quick process, but there have been many studies to determine its effectiveness. We do not believe in forcing a child to eat a specific food, but rather broadening their ability to tolerate, engage in, and try all new types of food presented to them.

Where can my child receive PAAC’s sequential oral sensory therapy?

SOS feeding therapy sessions will be held at our Brodheadsville office.