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February 19, 2015

SOS Approach and lunch time at Child and Family Development

By: childandfamily

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. 


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