Feeding Tube to Family Table

By: Jamie Hinchey, MS, CCC-SLP

The Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics Tube Weaning Program focuses on the importance of establishing a strong foundation before expecting any progress in skill development, variety, or intake. The foundational pieces include Do No Harm, Build Trust, and Create Responsive Mealtimes. After building … Read More

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

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

Tube to Table Podcast: Episode 41: A Parent’s Perspective: Joe’s Story

By: Jamie Hinchey, MS, CCC-SLP

Welcome back to another episode of the Tube to Table podcast! We are continuing our “Parent’s Perspective” series with Joe’s story. On this week’s episode, Heidi sat down with Maggie, Joe’s mom who participated in the Thrive Intensive Tube Weaning … Read More

Tube to Table Podcast: Episode 40: There’s No Place Like Home:

By: Jamie Hinchey, MS, CCC-SLP

On this week’s episode of the Tube to Table podcast, Heidi and Jennifer are talking about the “where” of tube weaning. Where should tube weaning take place? What are the pros and cons to different weaning settings? They’ll answer all … Read More