The therapeutic feeding team at The Children’s Hospital consists of licensed speech/language pathologists and occupational therapists who specialize in the assessment and treatment of feeding, swallowing, and oral-motor problems. The team works with primary care physicians, nurses, gastroenterologists, nutritionists, and educational providers to determine the most appropriate plan of care for each child. Feeding problems are often related to the following diagnoses:
The therapeutic feeding team assesses the child's condition by observing feeding sessions and using oral pharyngeal motility (videofluoroscopy) studies that look at all aspects of swallowing. To treat feeding disorders, the team may:
The goal of the therapeutic feeding team is to work with the parents to find the most efficient, safe, and age-appropriate means of feeding the child.