Responsive & holistic approach to pediatric feeding disorders in
the Treasure Valley.
At Whole Child Feeding Therapy we are passionate about discovering and treating the root of the feeding problems that your little one has as well as equipping YOU, the parent, to navigate the challenges these problems can bring
Is your child struggling with...
~transitioning to solids safely?
~improving oral motor skills after a lingual and/or labial release?
Learning to breast feed your child is not always simple. Is baby struggling to latch successfully and maintain latch, gassy after feeds, uncomfortable after feeds or nursing non-stop? There may be an underlying issue that we can help you discover and sort out!
Are you getting ready to return to work and introduction of the bottle has felt like a failure? Many babies struggle to transition from exclusively nursing at the breast into successful bottle use. We can help assess the baby's oral motor skills and function and facilitate improvements!
Transitioning to solids can be scary, confusing, exciting and emotional! There is a lot of information available to new moms, which adds pressure to deciding when and how to introduce. We can walk alongside you through this journey and help you determine the best path for you and your baby based on his/her skills.
“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children, One is roots, the other is wings.” -Hodding Carter
It all starts with a phone call from you!
During this conversation we can discuss the challenges you and your child are facing. We work with nursing mothers and babies, families attempting to introduce a bottle in order to return to work, babies transitioning to solids, oral motor deficits, tethered oral tissues and more.
We will determine the best time to come to your home and provide a thorough assessment of your child’s feeding skills. The OT and SLP will complete the evaluation. This will take 60-90 minutes. When we leave your home, we will provide you with practical hands-on information that you can begin utilizing immediately. We will create a plan to address the goals of the child and your family.
Some little ones need the support of both the OT and the SLP, as well as possible referrals to other specialists within the Treasure Valley. These may include PT, ENT, GI, Chiropractors, Cranio-Sacral therapy and others. We look forward to walking alongside you to provide support and guidance throughout your little one’s journey.
What Empowered Parents Say
"I have seen significant improvement in my daughter’s relationship with food since she began working with Kristen. Her knowledgeable approach combined with a personal connection has impacted our entire family and helped us to make more positive choices. We are so glad we found her!"
"My son and I worked with Kristen Holcomb for his feeding therapy and were always impressed with her skills, expertise, and genuine care and concern. She is well educated and was constantly thinking outside the box and helping us seek solutions for challenges that arose. She was willing to accept feedback and did research to find ways to better help him personally with complicated situations. He connected well with her engaging personality and loved her creativity! He enjoyed therapy with her which was very helpful! I appreciate her efforts also in helping me as a parent feel that I had the tools and help I needed to support him well at home."
Kristen & Kristen have been working with my son since he was ~7 months old, and he has made tremendous progress with his ability to self feed! When he started feeding therapy he had an oral aversion and wouldn’t self feed, and he even rejected spoon feeding. Fast forward almost 5 months he is putting everything in his mouth and his skills with utensils are getting better each week. I’m confident in the wholistic manner in which they have treated my son, and referred us to, and communicated with, other appropriate providers to further improve his mobility and feeding ability. They are very professional, patient and encouraging and informative; they explain things clearly and set realistic goals and expectations for their clients.