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February 19, 2015

SOS Approach and lunch time at Child and Family Development

The break room at Child and Family Development is probably quite different than other work lunch gatherings.  Over a meal, you might get your food analyzed by one of an occupational therapist or a speech therapist, especially those who have expanded training in feeding difficulties and swallowing disorders.  

Several of our pediatric therapists are certified in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach.  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.  Additional information is available on

Today, Barb Hartshorn, MS CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Pineville office, noticed someone’s lunch fare and gave a quick assessment and demo of what she might ask a child during an SOS speech therapy session:  

  • What color is it?  EVERYTHING is orange! (how did that happen!)
  • What does it feel like? There is something soft, something crunchy, something wet, something fizzy- MIXED TEXTURES (oh good)
  • What’s missing?  something GREEN (whoops) 

What do you notice? 


To read more about our SOS trained therapists and the approach here.  

Notice mealtime problems with your child?  Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a SOS trained speech therapist. 


C&FD will be closed 11/24 and 11/25 for Thanksgiving!