- Patients seen at Children’s - Minneapolis and Children’s - St. Paul.
- Diagnostic, treatment, and consultation services for families with children who are experiencing difficulties in feeding, including:
– difficulty sucking, swallowing, or chewing
– do not feed themselves at appropriate ages
– have been on liquids or soft foods for a long time and are finding the transition to textured foods difficult
– transition from nasogastric or gastrostomy feedings to oral feedings
– neurological impairments and developmental delay that hinder oral feedings
– abnormalities of the mouth and throat that affect eating
– behavioral feeding issues
– sensory problems
– difficulty transitions from breast-feeding to cup/bottle or pureed foods
- A team approach is used to evaluate patients. Members include
– pediatric nurse practitioner
– occupational therapist
– speech-language pathologist
– psychologist, when appropriate
- Serving patients who are younger than 18 years old, the program tailors services to meet each patient’s needs.
- Treatment addresses both behavioral aspects and feeding
- Children with physical limitations will receive recommendations on proper positioning devices and adaptive equipment to help with oral feeding.