How we started...
Hi, We are Kristen & Kristen, a speech language pathologist and occupational therapist, who are passionate about all things feeding and serving families in Meridian, Idaho & surrounding Treasure Valley communities!
Welcome to Whole Child Feeding Therapy! We are so happy you found us. We began working together in 2017 at a pediatric outpatient clinic in Meridian, Idaho. We quickly became collaborative colleagues, as well as fast friends. While working in the clinic, we were entrusted to work with a complex population of infants and children. We specialized in the feeding development of NICU graduates, weaning from tube dependencies, and facilitating breast/bottle feeding skills.
We always dreamed about building a business that would not only support feeding infants and children, but also helping and empowering mothers and families navigate the challenges they face along the way. We work extensively to determine the root cause of the problems your child is facing. There is often not one single thing leading to deficits in the area of feeding, and we strive to collaborate with amazing clinicians and specialists throughout the Treasure Valley to explore all options, not just placing a bandaid on the issue. We have found over time that a multi-disciplinary team approach serves our little ones in the best way possible.
At Whole Child Feeding Therapy, we are aiming to provide a newer model of therapy for families. We are passionate about getting to the root of a child's problem. Traditional clinical models and insurance regulations have not allowed us to accommodate families in the way we feel is best. We have created Whole Child Feeding Therapy to better serve families with a more convenient and holistic approach.
We provide home care! Because we can offer a cash pay service, we have more flexibility to treat the child and family in a way that best fits their lives. This eliminates the need for new moms to pack up their baby (and possibly siblings) and travel out into the community for therapy visits. We can see the child within their comfortable home environment, which allows us to assess not only the child but the home too. Small adjustments to positioning and/or the environment can create big changes. Utilizing foods, plates, bottles, and utensils that are from the home, in the home, facilitates consistency for the child.
We offer treatment throughout the Treasure Valley! Kristen Holcomb lives in Fruitland, while Kristen Valley lives in Meridian. We know there are families from the east side to the west side who could benefit from Whole Child Feeding Therapy.
We can provide co-treatment with an SLP and OT! Children often have sensory and oral motor needs occurring simultaneously that impacts their feeding skills. Each clinician brings different strengths and perspective to the table. Our model provides us the ability to attend therapy visits together and eliminate multiple sessions for the child.
During our careers, we have established relationships with seasoned Physical Therapists, ENTs, GIs and dentists who can become part of your child’s team. Time and experience have allowed us to get to know others within our community who value the Whole Child as much as we do. We have the resources to connect you with providers who can facilitate greater growth for your child.
With this new approach, we at Whole Child Feeding Therapy have the unique opportunity to work with you and meet you where you are to get to the root of the feeding difficulty.