Responsive Feeding Therapy

By: Jennifer Berry, MS, OT/L and Heidi Moreland MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC

We know that adult directed food interactions, pressure, and rewards can be damaging to a child’s relationship with food, but we are often at a loss for what else to do as parents and therapists when our little ones struggle with eating.  Responsive … Read More

Family Mealtimes for Tube-Fed Kids

By: Jamie Hinchey, MS, CCC-SLP

When measuring progress, it is so important to look at much more than the numbers. At Thrive, we encourage parents and medical teams to shift their focus from a number-based measure to a more qualitative measure. Mealtimes should focus on building … Read More

Throwing at Mealtimes

By: Jamie Hinchey, MS, CCC-SLP & Jennifer Berry, MS, OT/L

Throwing food is a universal phase that all children go through when learning how to eat and participating in mealtimes. Here are a few common reasons why children throw food:   Gravity – It is developmentally appropriate to begin throwing objects from … Read More

The Cart Before The Horse: Why do you feel stuck?

By: Jamie Hinchey, MS, CCC-SLP

A common mistake made by well-meaning therapists and parents is trying to work on oral motor skill development before they work on a child’s trust and understanding of food. These programs start therapy with a focus on the “how” to eat … Read More

The Thrive Parent’s Bill of Rights

By: Jamie Hinchey, MS, CCC-SLP

Kiddos with a medically complex history often have many providers that each have a specialty in a different area.  In order for this to work well, there needs to be someone who can pull it all together.  In our program, we have had … Read More

What’s Missing in Feeding Therapy?

By: Jamie Hinchey, MS, CCC-SLP & Brianna Brown, MS, CCC-SLP

The Thrive Treatment Progression Pyramid is a great visual representation of the specific steps we address throughout feeding therapy and our tube weaning program. This looks a little different than other treatment approaches because we believe that a strong foundation … Read More

Reframing Refusal: What do you do when your child rejects food?

By: Jamie Hinchey, MS, CCC-SLP

When your child flat out refuses to eat or eats very little it can make you worry about their energy, growth, sleep and health.  While this worry is completely normal it is helpful to keep in mind that it is also completely … Read More

Dealing with Drinking

By: Heidi Moreland, MS CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC

Many of the kids who wean from the feeding tube struggle with drinking.  Nursing and bottle drinking are supported by reflexes in the early days of infancy and designed to progress as a team with a caregiver.  Most kids who … Read More

Tube to Table Podcast: Episode 44: Reframing Refusal

Welcome back to the Tube to Table Podcast. On this week’s episode, Reframing Refusal, Heidi and Jennifer are talking about how to reframe the experience you and your child have when they refuse to eat. We are so thankful for … Read More

Tube to Table: Episode 43: The Thrive Parent’s Bill of Rights

By: Jamie Hinchey, MS, CCC-SLP

In this week’s episode of Tube to Table, Jennifer and Heidi are discussing the Thrive Parent’s Bill of Rights. You may have seen this in a recent blog post at Thrive, but during this episode Jennifer and Heidi will dive … Read More