Sensory and oral motor difficulties
Difficulty progressing through textures including thin/thick puree to mashed and/or solid foods pieces, avoidance of touching food items or a strong aversion when face or hands are messy. Difficulty moving tongue around the mouth to move food, overstuffing food, difficulty drinking from a straw or open cup, gagging, coughing, or choking episodes, etc.
TETHERED ORAL TISSUES (TOTS)
Difficulty with lip, tongue, jaw movements, high palate, use of compensatory strategies during feeding due to tethered oral tissues and body tension, open mouth posture during wake/sleep periods, inability to demonstrate tongue elevation, extension, lateralization, difficulty with lip seal/closure on breast/bottle/feeding utensil, difficulty maintaining latch on breast and/or bottle, and clicking sound on breast and/or bottle.
BREAST and bottle feeding in infants
Difficulty with breast/bottle feeding due to shallow latch, nipple pain during breast feeding, inability to flange lips on breast or bottle, fluid loss during feeding, clicking on breast or bottle, weak tongue, inability to remove milk efficently from breast or bottle, long feed times, fatigue or difficulty remaining calm when feeding, and coughing during and/or after feeds.
Difficulty transitioning from puree to solids, difficulty with baby led weaning (BLW), increased gagging or coughing during or after eating, pocketing food in cheeks, not interested in eating during scheduled mealtimes, avoids touching food or becomes upset when messy, and selective eating with preferred food items only.
General pediatric feeding difficulties
Difficulty meeting age appropriate milestones for feeding and drinking, difficulty with safe and functional eating during meal times in the home and community, difficulty knowing when to seek help and what provider to see.
CRANIOSACRAL FASCIAL THERAPY (CFT)
Craniosacral Fascial Therapy is a very gentle, natural approach with powerful therapeutic effects. It is based on Dr. Barry Gillespie's theory that the Craniosacral and Fascial systems are not separate but one interconnected system. CFT blends the two established modalities of Dr. William Sutherland's Cranial Sacral Therapy and John Barnes' Myofascial Release, along with dental techniques developed from Dr. Gillespie's experience as a periodontist. From the beginning, positioning in utero and the birth process can affect the body’s alignment. Fascial tension is a negative but common outcome and can continue through toddlerhood, early childhood, and adulthood. CFT helps with aligning the body structurally with gentle, infant driven movement that loosens up the body’s fascia. This allows all of the systems of the body to function properly. From a feeding perspective, CFT can assist with decreasing global body tension which leads to optimal oral abilities, leading to more safe and functional feeding, digestion, and sleeping.
TYPES OF SESSIONS
In-home therapy sessions allow me to be in a child's most familiar space, which helps to create a comfortable environment for therapy services.
My office is located at LoveStrong Wellness in Rancho Bernardo. 16935 W Bernardo Dr. Suite 140 San Diego, CA 92127.
Remote therapy visits via Zoom
are available upon request.