SOS is a feeding approach for children who are problem eaters. This approach was founded by a child psychologist, Kay Tommey, PhD and a speech therapist, Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP. It stands for Sequential Oral Sensory Approach for Feeding. Additional information is avaialble on www.spdfoundation.net.
I have been using the SOS approach in my occupational therapy practice for the past 2 years. I have observed the following changes among my clients:
- Families who previously dreaded mealtimes with their children are reporting that meals have become much less stressful and sometimes even enjoyable.
- Anxiety related to food has decreased significantly among the children ages 2-12.
- Children have learned that food can be fun.
- Parents are no longer cooking separate meals for their super picky eaters.
- Children are eating more fruits, vegetables, and meats.
- Picky eaters are now willing to sit through family meals and participate in the social aspect of eating.
- Children are attending birthday parties and celebrations without worrying about whether there will be food they are willing to eat.
- Best of all, picky eaters are looking at food and saying, "Can I try that?"
This practice, Child and Family Development in Charlotte, NC, has 7 therapists trained in the SOS approach.