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Feeding Therapy

Does my child need Feeding Therapy?

Your child may benefit from a feeding evaluation if your child: 

  • has difficulty with breastfeeding/nursing or bottle feeding

  • has difficulty transitioning to solid table foods

  • has sensory difficulties with foods

    • is resistant to accepting new textures

    • has a hard time with the smell or look of food

  • frequently gags on food

  • has a selective diet or food refusals

  • has "picky eating" lasting more than a few weeks

  • feeding causes stress at family mealtimes

    • for child and/or caregiver​

  • experiences reflux, choking, gagging, or vomiting during or after meals

  • has difficulty transitioning off bottle or drinking from cups or straws

  • Frequently drools or has open mouth position during the day/night 

  • has a medical condition leading to feeding difficulties

    • receives nutrition/hydration through tube feedings (ng-tube, g-tube, etc) 

    • relies on nutritional supplements (pediasure, etc) 

    • is underweight for his/her age (i.e. diagnosis of Failure to Thrive (FTT))

Feeding Evaluation

Feeding Evaluation will include: 

  • Review of medical, feeding, and overall development history

  • Oral skills assessment

  • Sensory Processing assessment

  • Motor skills assessment

  • Observation of feeding/eating

  • Parent Questionnaire

  • Individual recommendations, which may include:

    • mealtime suggestions, home-based activities, sensory and/or motor skill activities, and/or seating recommendations

  • Recommendations for on-going treatment plan

  • Goal setting with child and family

Medical Conditions

Research has supported that patients with the following diagnoses and/or medical histories can benefit from feeding therapy services: 

Individuals with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders 

  • Sensory Processing Difficulties

  • Developmental Disorders

  • Down Syndrome

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Genetic Syndromes 

  • Pre-term birth 

  • Failure to thrive/low weight

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • Cleft Lip/Palate

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders

  • Respiratory disorders

  • Cardiac Conditions

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