What is pediatric feeding therapy?
Pediatric feeding therapy supports children and parent/caregiver on their ‘feeding journey’ while working with a specially trained Speech Pathologist. A variety of treatment approaches are used to achieve mealtime success, improve oral motor skills, facilitate internal motivation for oral eating, build confidence and most importantly enjoy the mealtime experience. At Pediatric Therapy Solutions, an individualized plan of therapy is designed to address medical, motor/sensory and behavioral aspects of the child’s feeding challenges while ensuring the child’s success and well-being.
Does your child…
- · refuse to eat or drink?
- have poor weight gain?
- eat a limited variety of food?
- avoid certain food groups or unable to transition from foods of different textures?
- display disruptive mealtime behaviors?
- have foods they once loved to eat, but refuses them now?
- have difficulty chewing and/or swallowing different food?
- refuse nipple and/or gags with insertion of bottle?
- gag, cough, or vomit while eating?
- depend on nasogastric or gastrostomy tube feedings?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, your child may benefit from feeding therapy.
Diagnoses that may warrant help from Feeding Therapy:
Health problems that may cause feeding and/or swallowing difficulty in children include but are not limited to:
- Prematurity or low birth weight
- Cleft lip and/or palate
- Developmental delays
- Sensory difficulties
- Food allergies
- Breathing or airway issues
- Heart condition
- Digestive tract issues, such as reflux
Difficulty with one or more of the following may demonstrate a need for a feeding therapy evaluation or treatment:
- · Delay in feeding milestones
- Eating decreased amounts
- Refusal or picky eaters
- Meals lasting longer than 30 minutes
- Coughing, choking, or gagging
- Chewing and swallowing difficulties
- Oral sensitivity or defensiveness
- Disruptive and inappropriate mealtime behaviors
- Difficulty transitioning from breast to bottle
- Difficulty transitioning from tube to oral feedings