Evidence shows that children with autism and sensory processing differences benefit from from consistent mealtime routines and being slowly introduced to new foods. Therefore, the Blue Bird Day feeding program is structured to promote each child’s participation in a daily feeding routine.
Blue Bird Day therapists pull from a variety of feeding techniques across multiple theories and models of intervention. Some of these include the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, the Get Permission Approach, and the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. These interventions work by targeting the underlying skills necessary for functional and safe eating in a supportive environment.
The blended techniques used allow therapists to incorporate interventions across disciplines and evidence-based practice models for the best possible results. Depending on the priorities for the child, an occupational therapist may work on piercing food with a fork, whereas our developmental therapist may be promoting social participation through engagement with peers during mealtimes. For children who are highly avoidant of non-preferred foods, the therapy team will work with the child on gradual exposure through motivating play schemas, working up towards consumption.