Feeding Therapy

Helping Every Child Thrive

For most of us, eating and swallowing is as natural as breathing—we don’t have to think about it. But for some children with pediatric feeding disorders, eating a meal isn’t that simple. At the Clubhouse we take a multidisciplinary approach to evaluating and treating your child in order to address all components contributing to feeding difficulties. A Speech and Occupational therapist consider everything, including medical influences, posture and strength, sensory and motor challenges, and learned patterns of behavior. As a result, we’re able to develop a customized treatment plan provided in an individual or group setting that targets the root causes of your child’s feeding and swallowing issues. Parent education is a vital component of this program, therefore our team may recommend treatment here in our clinic and at home, to ensure parents have the knowledge they need to carry over skills learned.

Feeding and Swallowing Services:

  • Multidisciplinary Evaluation
  • Individual or group feeding treatment
  • Increasing acceptance of new foods or new food textures and temperatures
  • Increase strength and motor control
  • Behavior management techniques
  • Increase oral and fine motor strength and control
  • Utensil use
  • Establishing mealtime routines
  • Referral to other professionals, such as a dentist, registered dietician, or medical professional for medical intervention

Disorders related to Feeding and Swallowing Problems

  • Dysphagia
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Nervous system disorders (e.g., cerebral palsy, meningitis, encephalopathy)
  • Gastrointestinal conditions (e.g., reflux, “short gut” syndrome)
  • Prematurity and/or low birth weight
  • Cleft lip and/or palate
  • Conditions affecting the airway
  • Autism

Is my child a picky eater or a problem feeder?

See this checklist.

Feeding Matters Questionnaire

See the questionnaire.