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Feeding therapy is more than just “teaching a child to eat.” Therapists work closely with patients, their families and other professionals to determine the source of the child’s feeding difficulties and develop individualized treatment plans to make mealtimes more successful. The feeding team evaluates the child’s feeding skills and sensory preferences. Cultural factors that may impact treatment are also taken into consideration, and the feeding team works with the family to develop a comprehensive plan moving forward. The frequency and duration of therapy depends upon each child’s needs. To take a virtual tour, please visit our gallery.
If your child is experiencing any of the following behaviors below, they may benefit from receiving a feeding evaluation.
|Difficulty swallowing||Tongue ties|
|Trouble chewing||Cleft palate/Cleft lip|
|Throw tantrums or refuses to eat||Constantly coughing or gagging|
|Frequently vomits after eating or drinking||Difficulty breathing/nasal reflux|
|Needs assistance transitioning from tube feeding to oral feeding||Unable to gain weight due to limited food intake|
|Unable to feed themselves due to developmental delays||Known as a "picky eater" due to a limited/restricted diet|
|Sensory issues (i.e. color, shape, texture,
smell, taste and consistency)