SEEDS Program

What is the SEEDS Program?

SEEDS or Starting Early: Eating and Developmental Skills is a program that treats children ages 2 to 8 with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder or a developmental disability who would benefit from early intervention and have feeding problems. The goals of SEEDS are to promote skill development such as communication, toileting and social interactions; to improve feeding behavior; and to reduce challenging behavior such as aggression. We will schedule up to 25 hours of service per week, depending on your child’s needs.

Who will pay for services?  

Our admission specialist will help you figure out your benefits and whether your insurance will pay for the SEEDS program.

Who will work with my child during the appointment?  

Your child’s team will include a trained feeding therapist and a board-certified behavior analyst.

What happens during therapy?  

A therapist will work one on one with your child and occasionally in small groups to promote skill development such as communication, toileting and social interactions; to improve feeding behavior; and to reduce challenging behavior such as aggression.

How will you get my child to eat?  

We individualize treatment, but generally:

  • encourage appropriate eating and drinking behavior;
  • discourage refusal behavior; and
  • make eating easy and fun.