Services: Feeding

Feeding therapy addresses the needs of children who have difficulty progressing with their feeding skills. A feeding disorder includes problems such as food refusal/acceptance, difficulty consuming age-appropriate foods, difficulty swallowing, and/or the inability to consume adequate calories. Current research indicates that the prevalence of feeding disorders is 25% in all children and 80% in the developmentally disabled population (Manikam & Perman, 2000).  Depending on the child’s needs, therapy may involve oral-motor intervention, behavioral intervention, medical intervention (provided by primary care physician and other medical specialists), and/or a combination of these. The following is a list of possible reasons to make a referral for feeding therapy:

Behavioral Issues

  • Expelling
  • Gagging
  • Holding food
  • Avoiding/Refusing food
  • Vomiting/Retching
  • Poor Mouth Opening

Underlying Conditions/Medical Diagnoses

  • History of Reflux (GERD)
  • Dysphagia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Prematurity
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Genetic Syndromes
  • Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders
  • Food Allergies
  • Metabolic Disorders