feeding services for toddlers and children

children300x300The speech-language pathologist will assess the child’s oral motor skills, the ability to manipulate food while chewing and swallowing, the types of foods and textures a child is able/willing to eat, and the safety of eating and drinking.

Therapy is based on each child’s individual needs. Treatments for children may include improving efficiency of oral feeding, improving oral sensorimotor function (i.e., tongue movement, lip and jaw strength),developing mature chewing patterns, increasing acceptance of new foods or textures, and transitioning to oral feeding from tube feeding.

The child’s caregiver(s) will be included in therapy sessions to learn to implement feeding strategies so that the child can be successful at home as well as in therapy.

Signs and symptoms your toddler or child may need a feeding evaluation

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