A Retrospective Analysis of the Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Approach in Children with Feeding Difficulties
DOI: 10.1080/19411243.2013.860758
Title: A Retrospective Analysis of the Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Approach in Children with Feeding Difficulties
Journal Title: Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention
Volume: Volume 6
Issue: Issue 4
Publication Date: October 2013
Start Page: 289
End Page: 300
Published online: 18 Dec 2013
ISSN: 1941-1243
Author: Jeryl D. Benson EdD OTR/La*, Carol S. Parke PhDb, Casey Gannon MS OTR/Lc & Diane Mu?oz MS OTR/Ld
Affiliations:
a Occupational Therapy Department , Duquesne University , Pittsburgh , PA
b School of Education , Duquesne University , Pittsburgh , PA
c The Children's Institute , Pittsburgh , PA
d Easter Seals of Western Pennsylvania , Pittsburgh , PA
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the outcomes of the sequential oral sensory (SOS) approach in children with feeding dysfunction. This study had a Retrospective repeated-measures within-subject design. Each child served as his or her own control, and there was no target behavior. The existing records of 34 children who received feeding intervention were reviewed; 56% of the children were male and 44% female. Ages ranged from 30 to 92 months. Diagnoses included autism spectrum disorder (38%), cerebral palsy (12%), neurological impairment (38%), and unspecified (12%). Results indicate there was no statistically significant difference in outcomes related to age (p = .487), no significant relationship between diagnosis and the indication of a positive trend (p = .116), and that gender (male) is significantly related to a positive trend. The data suggest the SOS program is beneficial for children with neurological impairment who demonstrate a consistent response to intervention. They also suggest that children with little to no drink difficulties may demonstrate readiness for progression to the next level of development.
Accepted: 19 Jul 2013

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