PEDIATRIC FEEDING THERAPY

Evaluation Assessment & Treatment Sessions

In clinic and virtual appointments available  

WHAT IS PEDIATRIC FEEDING THERAPY

For most children, eating is a routine part of each day, however some experience feeding issues that go beyond common picky eating. The complexities that arise can create stress not only for the child, but for the entire family. The Speech & Language Center is proud to offer a comprehensive program tailored to the needs of both infants and children with feeding therapy needs that focuses on strengthening the mouth muscles needed to learn to chew effectively and tolerate a variety of foods and textures, resulting in positive mealtimes. 

AFFECTED SKILLS

  • Risk not meeting nutritional needs and /or requiring supplements

  • Reject varied food or textures resulting in swallowing difficulties that interfere with appropriate food intake

  • Exhibit behaviors that interfere with mealtime and adequate food intake

  • Reject the transitioning to age appropriate food textures or utensils

  • Currently require nutritional supplements

  • Show difficulty with nursing or bottle feeding

  • Exhibit poor weight gain

  • Tolerate few foods or diet choices

  • Show difficulty weaning from tube feedings, but are medically able to eat by mouth

OUR  A P P R O A C H

Our Master’s level and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLPs) who are also feeding therapists address underlying oral motor difficulties that impact effective chewing and swallowing abilities. We implement individualized treatment plans with exercises and stretches used in sessions and for home practice to increase range of motion and strength for safe and successful mealtimes. Our SLPs follow feeding hierarchies to build confidence and comfort with various textures and introduce new foods.