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For any of you with babies who won't eat due to control, texture, or tongue thrust issues: I just added a page detailing our occupational therapy experience (with the techniques and tools we used) to Matthew's website...I hope it helps you!

 

http://fpies.bofferding.net/occupational-therapy.html

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Ohh, thanks so much for this! My kiddo has total solid food aversion, only safe food is orange juice (getting by with Elecare so far), and the insurance company is denying feeding therapy, so this is very helpful! I am a dietitian, but the OT part is outside of my area -- it has been really difficult trying to get him to move along at home. His oral aversions sound a lot like your son's, so I hope some of these will work for us. We've been doing the dried bean and sand thing, but the scrubby brush is a new one!

RD mama, we're in Austin too.  We ended up paying out of pocket for Matthew's OT, but he also only needed six sessions before they "graduated" him to us handling it at home.  We went to OT Connection in Pflugerville, and they were great.  The initial eval was quite a bit (I can't remember if it was $150 or more than that), and then each session was $70.  That is expensive to pay out of pocket, but considering how frustrating feeding was, we still feel it's some of the best money we've ever spent.  Good luck, I hope the techniques we learned help!

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