Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

Feeding & Swallowing Clinic

Clinic Overview:

The Feeding and Swallowing Clinic provides interdisciplinary assessments of infants, children and adolescents who have feeding, eating, or swallowing problems. Assessments are completed by a team of professionals in the areas of nutrition, occupational therapy, behavioral psychology, speech-language pathology, and social work.

The objectives of the clinic are:

     
  • Improve eating skills and behaviors
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  • Improve physical growth and development
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  • Improve the nutritional status of children

The clinic assists families in:

     
  • Promoting self-feeding
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  • Increasing acceptance of food types and textures
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  • Transitioning from tube feeding to eating by mouth
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  • Improving sucking, chewing, biting and/or swallowing skills
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  • Improving meal-time behaviors
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  • Improving the quality of the diet

Appointments and Clinic Visits

Call, fax or e-mail the clinic coordinator to make an appointment. Once scheduled, a packet of information is sent to the family.

Families are welcome to bring caregivers and professionals who work with their children to the clinic. Visits usually take between one and two hours.

The Feeding Clinic has family friendly clinic rooms. The Feeding Team is present for each visit, with the team members usually taking turns going into the clinic to interact with and evaluate each child. Family members typically stay with their children in the clinic room for the entire visit.

Techniques in feeding and positioning may be demonstrated; behavioral strategies, assistive technology, nutrition and other issues may be discussed. Families receive written reports several weeks after their visit.

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Supported in part by the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal and Child Health Bureau.