Feeding Tube Weaning: Why Waiting Can be Wrong

By: Jennifer Berry, MS, OT/L and Heidi Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC Many parents of children with feeding tubes wonder how soon they can begin the tube weaning process.  Even when parents believe their children are showing signs of interest or … Read More

Good Reads for February

We are featuring two “Good Reads” for February that we hope you will find helpful. Each month, we will post a few articles, books, or resources that we find helpful and often recommend to families. Extreme Picky Eating: Essentials of … Read More

Sous Chef for Valentine’s Day: How Your Tube-Fed Child Can Help!

Often times, parents of tube-fed children report that it is difficult for their child to participate in holidays that have delicious treats such as Valentine’s Day or Halloween. Yes, of course, Valentine’s Day is full of yummy chocolate and candies, … Read More

Congenital Heart Disease Warriors

It’s Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week! We wanted to share some stories of children we have seen at Thrive who are all CHD Warriors! Max. Emrie. Theo.What do all of these names have in common? They were all born … Read More

The History of My Eating

By: Evie Morse, Age 11, Feeding Superstar Most kids can quickly be born and start eating grown up foods, but not me! My mom was very sick. The doctor demanded that she should have me now, and she’d survive. It … Read More

Good Reads for January

Virginia Sole-Smith, author of the Eating Instinct and contributing editor for Parents Magazine is the author of both of our recommended reads for January! The Eating Instinct: Virginia Sole-Smith recently published her book, The Eating Instinct, where she talks about the focus on food … Read More

Why Kids SHOULD Play With Their Food

Play is the way kids learn. We know that linking play and experience helps to build the brain. Positive experiences with food allows the senses to acclimate to the touch, feel, smell, or sight of whatever they are experiencing. Independent … Read More

How to Choose a Tube Weaning Program

After the medical challenges that made a feeding tube necessary have been treated, many parents are left with the daunting task of weaning their child from tube use.  However, if you haven’t been successful in working existing medical teams, it is wise to seek the assistance … Read More

The Pressure of Praise: What else can I do?

As a feeding therapist, I always thought that I was being helpful when I “coached” children through their bites, cheered, and “whoo hoo-ed!” for all their eating attempts. I also observed well-meaning parents, grandparents and caregivers cheer, clap, and praise … Read More

The Thrive Team at the 2018 ASHA Convention

The Thrive team presented at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association National conference this past weekend. The presentation focused on the three main areas of our home-based feeding therapy approach: self-regulation, the division of responsibility, and importance of family mealtimes. … Read More