Pediatric Feeding Therapy Services for children & adults

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Mind & Motion’s Pediatric Feeding Therapy

After consulting with our certified speech or occupational therapists, we can customize a treatment plan for clients that have feeding difficulties. We use the SOS approach or Sequential-Oral-Sensory method to address the central underlying problems of feeding difficulties. The transdisciplinary team evaluates a multitude of aspects to develop a tailor-made treatment plan carried out in accordance with the patient’s individual unique needs.

What to Expect From Us

Step 1:

Complete the Allied Health Intake Form and Schedule an Evaluation

With the feeding intake forms, you can provide a detailed account of your child's medical, developmental and feeding history of the client that the evaluator can use to understand what needs to be addressed. The family also provides a record of foods the child regularly eats and fills out a 3-day food diary. During the evaluation session, the therapist observes the child eating a variety of foods. Sensory and oral-motor skills will be assessed. The evaluation itself tends to last about an hour, and a parent must be present for the clinical interview and when filling out evaluation forms. These evaluations are available typically within two weeks of receiving the intake form, though availability will vary based on seasonality. For most insurance plans, the evaluation is billable every 6 months.

Step 2:

Evaluation Complete, Plan of Care Created, Qualification for Services

With the initial evaluation scheduled, it’s time to create a plan of care. The evaluator will review the case history and findings from the feeding evaluation session and write up an official record of the evaluation. If the patient qualifies, a plan of care is created, which outlines the overall treatment goals and how often treatment sessions will be recommended. The average frequency is 30 minute to one hour-long sessions each week, but that can change based on the patient’s individual needs.

Step 3:

Primary Care Physician Approval, Insurance Authorization

Once the plan of care or (POC) is completed, a copy is sent to the patient’s primary care physician for approval. Most of the time, insurance authorization is required as well. Overall, this part of the process tends to take about two weeks, though that can vary based on the primary care physician and insurance company and how fast they can respond.
Step 4:

Insurance Approval and Scheduling Recurring Therapies

Once the primary care physician and insurance company sign off on the POC, our team can help you schedule appointments for recurring treatments. This will include times and dates in addition to the expected out of pocket charges for each session. Insurance authorizations are subject to any requirement the insurance company deems necessary.