Feeding Therapy

Feeding Therapy Overview

Many of our Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists have become experts in feeding therapy (e.g., completion of Sequential Oral Sensory Approach – “SOS” – to feeding classes) and assess any issue related to gathering food and getting ready to suck, chew or swallow. Hence, the therapist works on all oral motor, swallowing, sensory, and behavioral skills related to feeding.

Our therapy is evidence-based and results-driven, as we believe this is the foundation for valid interventions and facilitating probable outcomes. We use our professional expertise to assess interventions with our clients in conjunction with clinical research to produce individualized unique and measurable goals.

Our Methodology

Advocating progress-driven, evidence-based treatment. Learn more.

1. Consultation
2. Evaluation
3. Treatment
4. School Services

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Feeding Therapy Difficulties
  • Arching or Stiffening Body During Feeding
  • Irritability of Lack of Alertness While Feeding
  • Refusing Food or Liquid
  • Failure to Accept Different Food Textures
  • Long Feeding Times
  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Difficulty Breast Feeding
  • Coughing or Gagging During Meals

Project Play advocates progress driven, evidence-based treatment. We believe a strong foundation for facilitating probable outcomes is necessary by delivering meaningful intervention, clinical research and striving for unique, measurable goals. Our practice also provides referral services, whether your child’s needs are best suited here or elsewhere, making sure to deliver the best care possible for our clients.

The first step for your child is a comprehensive evaluation using formal assessments, caregiver interviews and clinical observation. From there, our treatment process is designed to provide seamless collaboration with professionals, parents and caregivers across all environments.

We offer 15-minute collaboration sessions with parents and caregivers at the end of each appointment. We also provide Skype sessions to any parents that cannot attend a given appointment.

Beyond our practice, we work to be community advocates in the global special needs community. Project Play accepts its duty to educate clients and humankind alike to understand, accept and feel empowered. A portion of our proceeds will be dedicated to partnering with and advocating Occupational Therapy awareness worldwide, and to support projects abroad designed to consult and implement Occupational Therapy at impoverished orphanages.

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Project Play Associations

Autism Tennessee
Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association
American Occupational Therapy Association

More Links & Resources

Autism Tennessee
Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder
Tennessee′s Early Intervention System (TEIS)
United Cerebral Palsy Middle Tennessee

Questions & Answers


There is all too often a stigma attached to the word “therapy”. The misconception is not specific to the United States; in fact, the overall lack of awareness and education surrounding pediatric therapy world-wide is one of the biggest reasons why we started Project Play Therapy.

In most facets of our lives today, Americans are quick to embrace technology, services or research helping us lead happier or more productive lives. But what if there were already services that helped children be happier and more productive, regardless if there were issues with handwriting or a recent diagnosis of Cerebral palsy? There are.

So, does your child need therapy? Truthfully, we can't say. There is no test, list of conditions or traits we could communicate on this screen that would thoughtfully answer your question; however, we would love to have an open-minded, non-judgmental discussion with you if you even have sneaking suspicions.

If you suspect that your child or family member may need therapy, you should contact a therapist to set up an evaluation. Once an evaluation has been completed decisions regarding therapy recommendations and a plan of treatment can be determined.
If your child has had an evaluation by a licensed therapist within the last year, there may not be a need for another evaluation. To find out which of our therapies will best help your child, contact Project Play Therapy.
Psychological Services
We offer comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations in both clinic and school settings. Our licensed school psychologists and educational consultants provide collaborative, informative, and practical therapy to families and schools.

Academic Tutoring
Our tutors coach and develop children in grades pre-school through middle school in all academic areas, including organization and timeliness. Testing is available, but an assessment is not a prerequisite to participate in our tutoring program.

Handwriting Therapy
Often using the renowned Handwriting Without Tears program, therapists teach capital and lowercase letter and number formation. Children learn to print through hands-on materials and developmentally appropriate activities. Fine motor work prepares students for pencil and paper success.

Music Therapy
From birth, music can have a profound effect on the growth and development of children. Hence, our music therapists use live music interventions to help children reach their physiological, emotional, cognitive and social goals, often including soothing, promoting learning and offering a sense of security.

Art Therapy
Our therapists use the creative process of art to enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children. Children often use the art process, through creative representation and symbolism, to express and release feelings of stress and anxiety.

Social Groups
We offer a variety of peer groups to help children, ages preschool through middle school, develop social relationships and work on skills such as social greetings, identifying levels of body activity, play, dealing with bullying/teasing, expressing emotions and how to self-regulate their responses to others and their environment. These groups are often led by an OT or SLP.

Interactive Metronome
Our specially trained and licensed therapists apply the research based intervention program that has proven to benefit children with a range of neuro-rehabilitative and developmental learning disabilities. The program is designed to strengthen processing to improve attention, language processing, sequencing, motor planning, fundamental cognitive abilities and impulse control.