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Feeding Clinic: Feeding Therapy Transforms the life of Young Client and His Family

Joshua* is an nine-year-old boy whose journey we celebrate. He was a client of both the Feeding Clinic and the Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) program. When we met him at age five, Joshua was non-verbal and had periods of aggressive behavior. 

He had Hydrocephaly and a feeding disorder. Joshua had been through many feeding therapies in Houston, but experienced little progress. He was 100 percent dependent on a gastrostomy tube that was surgically placed in his stomach when he began services. 

 

After a year of therapy, he was 80% off tube feeds, eating over 30 foods, chewing fine and self-feeding/drinking. He was discharged from the Feeding Clinic because his parents received training to continue his progress and they felt comfortable making the transition. At that time, I recommended PBS for behavior therapy because Joshua was still aggressive at times and he was not toilet trained.  

 

He started PBS at seven years old and is currently being seen by our Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Brenda Rodriguez and Applied Behavior Analysis specialists Dena Haywood and Wilbert Clark. Joshua is now fully toilet trained, listens to mom and is no longer aggressive. His mother reports even having him do chores around the house! He also got his feeding tube removed because he had not used it in over 2 years. Both of Joshua’s parents speak Spanish and have told Brenda, who is also fluent in Spanish, that their lives were changed by the Harris Center! 

 

*The name of the client has been altered to protect the client's privacy.

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