If you are a therapist working on feeding goals with the pediatric population, this is the ultimate package that will save you time and turbo charge your therapy sessions. This package ships with an EZPZ Happy Mat (lime green) + EZPZ's phenomenal book for parents that is all about picky eating. The mat and book are two resources you will want to share over and over with parents and caregivers. This bundle also includes 49 of our therapy session materials and handouts for parents/caregivers ALL ABOUT feeding and feeding therapy. Once purchased, you will instantly receive a download link for all of the PDF materials shown here. You will also receive a printed copy in the mail with your EZPZ Happy Mat and EZPZ book.
This bundle includes the following PDF resources:
Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) This handout is designed for therapists working with children and families/caregivers to address the rare case of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. The handout includes signs/symptoms included in diagnosis as well as a list of populations most at risk. The handout references speech-language pathologists as part of an interdisciplinary team that can address this disorder.
Behavior Strategies for Mealtime This quick reference is designed for therapists, parents, and caregivers working with children with experientially-based feeding disorders.
Helpful Tips for Behavior Management at Meals This handout is designed for pediatric speech-language pathologists helping families and caregivers address behaviors during meals that result from feeding/swallowing issues. The handout describes 6 concrete strategies that can be implemented to encourage positive eating behaviors.
Pediatric Development of the Swallow This resource is designed to give caregivers and clinicians information about swallow development, including anatomy and physiology development from infancy to toddlerhood. The handout also outlines specifically how the pediatric swallow anatomy is not just a smaller version of adult anatomy and how these anatomical differences can impact dysphagia for the pediatric population.
Incidence and Prevalence of Pediatric Feeding/Swallowing Disorders This handout is designed for pediatric rehabilitation therapists working with children and their families to address feeding disorders. This handout provides the incidence and prevalence of common pediatric feeding disorders. This information can help families not feel so isolated and provide a broader understanding of how feeding disorders affect a broad range of pediatric populations.
Pediatric Feeding Milestones: 0-24 Months This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with the pediatric population and their families. The handout breaks down what to expect between the age of 0-24 months in the area of feeding/eating development.
Feeding Positioning for Children with Neurological Impairments This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists who work with the pediatric population on feeding and swallowing issues. The handout visually describes the proper positioning for comfort/safety, trunk/abdomen/back, table/tray, head/neck, and pelvis/legs/feet specifically for children with neurological disorders. This handout is targeted for therapists, parents, and caregivers.
Food Textures/Consistencies with Examples This handout describes 8 textures and 3 consistencies of food. These descriptions can be used during feeding therapy to describe what children see, feel, and taste.
Food Chaining Approach to Picky Eating This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists, parents, caregivers, and other therapists specializing in feeding, describing and visualizing the food chaining approach to addressing picky eating.
How to Get Your Child Involved at Mealtimes This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with the pediatric population and their families to address picky eating and other feeding challenges. The handout lays out three concrete strategies and breaks down each strategy into simple steps to incorporate into everyday life.
How to Spoon-Feed Your Baby This parent/caregiver-friendly guide provides tips and tricks for successful baby spoon-feeding.
Neonatal Reflexes Related to Feeding This handout is designed for therapists working with the neo-natal population to address early intervention feeding. The one-page handout describes these ten reflexes as they relate to feeding and swallowing: Rooting reflex, suckling reflex, tongue extrusion reflex, swallow reflex, phasic bite reflex, transverse tongue reflex, gag reflex, palomental reflex, babkin reflex, and grasp reflex.
Open Cup Drinking This handout is designed for therapists working with the pediatric population on addressing independence with open cup drinking. The handout is written in accessible language for parents, family, staff, and caregivers and provides concrete strategies and timelines for when and how children can best transition to open cup drinking.
Causes and Strategies When Children Pocket Food This handout is designed for therapists working with children and their families/caregivers to address pocketing food in the pediatric population. It offers insight into the possible reasons why children may pocket food and provides some tips to reduce pocketing.
What to Expect During a Pediatric MBSS This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with the pediatric population to target feeding and swallowing disorders. The handout describes what a modified barium swallow study is and lays out what parents can expect during the study.
Tips for Picky Eaters Handout designed for speech-language pathologists, parents, and caregivers with a list of practical strategies to improve PO intake by picky eaters. Includes a "First -> Then" graphic and a food rating scale.
Picky Eating Intervention: Plate Rotation This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with kids and their families to address picky eating issues. The handout is written in accessible language for families and caregivers and provides instructions on how to use plate rotation at home as a strategy to increase diversity of food intake for their children.
Role of speech-language pathologists in Feeding and Swallowing in Schools Being able to eat and obtain nutrition and hydration in the school environment is an important part of academic success. This handout is designed for SLPs to provide to staff, parents, and school staff in order to provide insight into the role of the SLP as it relates to feeding and swallowing in schools.
Sensory Play Ideas for Picky Eaters Picky eating is a challenging goal to address in pediatric therapy. This handout celebrates the idea of sensory play with a large, engaging visual of what it looks like to use sensory play to become familiar with the different textures of foods. The handout offers 5 fun ideas to try with kids in a therapy setting or at home.
Signs of Feeding Disorders in Children This handout breaks down what parents and caregivers should be looking for when determining if their child has a feeding disorder, dysfunction, or delay. The handout breaks down signs and symptoms into age brackets, including infancy-4-5 months, 6-12 months, and 1-3 years of age.
Spoon Feeding This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists and other feeding specialists to share with parents and caregivers at/around 6 months of age, when babies are ready to begin spoon feeding. The handout outlines 4 quick tips to help ensure success.
Spoon Options for Parents and Therapists This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists, parents, and caregivers and describes different spoon options for spoon feeding babies, toddlers, and children. Featuring helpful tips for children who have sensory and/or motor planning needs.
Nutritive and Non-Nutritive Suckling Patterns This handout is designed for therapists working with families to understand the different in nutritive and non-nutritive suckling for oral motor and feeding development. The handout is a resource for staff, parents, and caregivers, and describes how to tell the difference between nutritive and non-nutritive suckling patterns.
Taste Development This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with kids and their families to address picky eating issues within a therapeutic environment. The handout describes how the sense of taste develops when we are young with a specific focus on kids on the autism spectrum as well as tips to enhance taste development for picky eaters.
Tongue Tie This handout is designed for therapists working with the pediatric population and their families to help visualize and explain the four most common types of tongue ties.
Why Is My Child a Picky Eater? This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with kids and their families to address picky eating issues. The handout explains why children develop picky eating habits, with a focus on the complex and multifactorial nature of these patterns.
Drooling Reduction Protocol This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with the pediatric population in a rehabilitation setting. It features instructions for completing a drooling reduction protocol.
Visual Eating Hierarchy This visual is designed for speech-language pathologists working with the pediatric population and their families to address feeding challenges related to sensory-based barriers. The visual provides a concrete explanation for the SOS method (Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding), an evidence-based intervention that addresses how to introduce kids to different tastes, textures, and temperatures.
Eating Sequence Reward Visual This handout is designed for therapists working with children to address picky eating. The visual provides a clear pathway from taking a bite, chewing the food, and swallowing, with a blank space to put a special reward that the child is working towards during therapy or at home.
Facial Molding Strokes This handout is designed for therapists working with the pediatric population to address facial muscle awareness with the goal of reducing hypertonicity and desensitizing touch and texture sensitivities.
Fall Trail Mix Visual Recipe This visual recipe for young or emerging readers is designed for clinicians, teachers, parents, and caregivers targeting feeding goals. This activity also touches on reading, following directions, and sequencing.
Goal Ideas for Feeding Therapy This goal bank is designed for pediatric speech-language pathologists who are creating a treatment plan for children who qualify for feeding therapy. The goals can be modified by adding more detail or customizing based on the child’s current skill level and needs.
Food Rating Scale
Oral Stimulation on Infants Who Are NPO This handout is designed for pediatric therapists working with the infant population that is unable to take any food or liquid by mouth. The handout describes the need for oral stimulation as early intervention for feeding abilities and outlines the framework for this type of therapy.
Lip Stretches Debra Beckman created muscle stretches that are used for a variety of reasons, such as helping babies who have difficulty latching, or children with neurological impairments (e.g., cerebral palsy) who may have trouble clearing a spoon. The Kaufman Children’s Center described this intervention as “non-invasive” and utilized to help “decrease frenulum tissue restrictions inhibiting range of movement of the lips, cheeks and tongue.” This handout is designed for SLPs working with the pediatric population to achieve these goals.
Mealtime Routine Visual Schedule This handout is designed for therapists working with the pediatric population to address picky eating. Many children benefit from concrete visuals to help guide them through the process of a meal. This resources provides a visual for 7 steps of eating, from grabbing plats and utensils to taking bites to cleaning dishes. Cut, laminate, and place on velcro strips.
Messy Play + Recipe This intervention handout is designed for pediatric therapists working with children and their families to address picky eating challenges. The handout includes information regarding how messy play can help address sensory issues related to picky eating and includes a basic recipe for play-dough that can be used in sensory play activities.
Let's Get Ready to Eat! Pre-Feeding Warm-Up Designed to clearly identify concrete ways to prepare children for feeding tasks, this handout helps parents and caregivers lay the groundwork for successful meal intake. The handout provides 9 strategies to help set children up for success during mealtime.
Quick Pediatric Oral Motor Assessment This one-page quick pediatric oral motor assessment is designed to help identify or rule out structural and/or functional impairments that can contribute to issues with speech or feeding within the pediatric population.
Pediatric Therapy Handout: Chewing Exercises This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with the pediatric population and their families to address feeding and swallowing disorders related to jaw strength and stabilization. The handout features 3 strategies with a breakdown of each strategy.
Incorporating Sensory Activities in Feeding Therapy This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists and other therapists working with children and their families to address feeding sensory processing issues related to feeding. The handout is written for clinicians, parents, caregivers, and staff and provides 5 strategies to use to decrease averse reactions to foods.
Snack Mat for Animal Crackers Fun and functional snack mat for feeding therapy. Use your favorite snack (e.g. animal crackers). This mat can also be used to address receptive, expressive language, matching, basic concepts, and following directions.
Summertime Snacks for Kids Summer is a fun time for kids to be involved in food preparation! This handout is designed for parents and caregivers and outlines some simple snacks with kid-friendly recipe layouts to encourage healthy food habits.
Sorting Fruits and Veggies This product is designed for speech-language pathologists working with the pediatric population to address picky eating or other sensory related feeding and swallowing disorders. With this task, children sort fruits and vegetables into different piles, using words to describe each food item. The task targets language development as well as addresses some of the more challenging food items for children struggling with different tastes and textures.
Thermal Stimulation for Pediatric Swallow Therapy This handout describes thermal stimulation for pediatric swallow therapy and is designed to provide background information for clinicians, parents, caregivers, and staff on the use of thermal stimulation techniques to improve the swallow response in the pediatric population.
Tongue Exercises for Toddlers This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with the pediatric population and their families to address tongue strength and coordination for eating and drinking. The handout breaks down exercises related to food and drinks separately and includes information on adaptive drink bottles to improve progress.
Tongue Mobility Exercises for Kids This handout featured 4 engaging exercises to help kids improve tongue mobility and coordination. The handout also explains how lingual strength and ROM contribute to feeding skills in children.
Children with Immature Tongue Patterns This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists targeting tongue patterns with the pediatric population. The handout provides a brief description of why immature tongue patterns may occur as well as three exercises that target tongue thrust.
Tech specs: Digital download. 47 PDFs. 8.5 x 11 inches. Zipped format. Unzips to PDF format. 44 MB.