Food Exploration and Discovery (FED) Program

What is FED?

The Food Exploration and Discovery is a therapy program that works with individuals who present with mealtime and feeding challenges through improving their relationship with food, increasing the variety of foods they eat to provide adequate nutrition and decreasing the stress and anxiety around meals.

The FED program helps to resolve:

  • Trouble with advancement of diet: transitioning textures such as changing from smooth purees to soft foods to table foods
  • Food aversions/behavioral feeding problems
  • Problems with consuming a limited variety of foods or eating foods from only 1-2 food groups
  • Gagging in response to a food or a smell when it is introduced
  • Oral motor weakness and/or oral motor control issues
  • Over sensitivity to smells, tastes, and textures
  • Trouble maintaining body in appropriate position for feeding
  • Family struggles during mealtime


FED therapy aims to:

  • Increase the repertoire of foods in a child’s diet and improve willingness to try new foods
  • Make eating enjoyable for child and improve family meal times
  • Improve nutrition and overall health through expanded diet

The Process

Following a comprehensive evaluation, a treatment plan will be devised using a child and family centered approach in order to treat underlying issues that may be affecting your child during mealtime.  Your child will be encouraged to play, to interact and have fun with food in a variety of ways.  What makes this approach different from others is that the child takes the lead throughout the session.  Progression is encouraged when your child appears to be truly comfortable with their interactions with food.

The Numbers

25-35% of typical children and 40-70% of children with chronic medical problems are considered picky or problem eaters

Up to 89% of children with autism have feeding problems


To make an appointment or for insurance-related questions, please call 845-707-8568. Telemedicine options are available.

For general questions about FED therapy, please send a message using the form below.


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