Have a picky eater? The NAPA Center feeding group will encourage your child to explore new foods and promotes engagement through sensory play with food.
NAPA Center’s six-week feeding group program was designed with the picky eater in mind. It is a closed activity group specifically for children who have a decreased food repertoire. The program provides individualized attention in a structured environment and includes a parental education component of the permission approach to food.
Our therapists will determine if your child is a good candidate for this program after reviewing your parent questionnaire.
Recommended Group Size: Four to six members with two co-leaders and a volunteer for every two students. Number of students may vary on a weekly basis depending on outside circumstances.
Group Membership: Group is closed to promote consistency.
Frequency, Length, and Time: A new session begins every six weeks, and meets on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Supplies/Materials Used: Food items for recipe of the day brag plates for each child to take home and tell parent what they accomplished during the group, handouts for parents.
By the end of the six-week session, group members will have participated (by visually interacting or tactile exploring) in the warm-up, two main activities, and closing of the food exploration activity for its entire duration. Parents will fill out a qualitative survey to track progress of food interaction.
Introduction: Introduce leaders, greet participants, review rules and purpose of group, give schedule of group session
Warm-Up Activity: A fun and simple song activity to prepare the students
Selected Exercise Activity: Activities based on interests and skill level of group members to promote food exploration; Group leaders will describe the rules for an exercise/game and students will play; peer modeling, feedback, and practice will be demonstrated throughout the activity by co-leaders
Wrap-Up/Goodbyes: Brag plates will be passed out and parents will go over theme or topic of the group.