Pediatric Feeding Therapy Services
There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to feed your child. Our oral motor and feeding specialist support parents and their children to ensure adequate nutrition. Food is a big sensory experience and new foods can be scary. There might be a variety of different obstacles preventing your child from enjoying their meals. Meal times shouldn’t be stressful. It’s a great time for families to bond and communicate with each other.
We love helping families make that time more enjoyable.
While there are obvious signs of feeding issues, there are many not so obvious ones. Sometimes these issues can affect a child’s ability to eat safely, meet nutritional needs or enjoy the mealtime experience.
If these apply to your child, or you’re not quite sure, then we want to hear from you!
- Difficulty chewing foods
- Not chewing food adequately before swallowing
- Difficulty swallowing foods
- Refuses to eat certain textures, temperatures or flavors
- Seems to struggle coordinating breathing, chewing, and swallowing
- Coughs, gags or chokes consistently while eating or drinking
- Frequently vomits during or immediately after eating or drinking
- Pushes food away (avoidance)
- Difficulty transitioning from bottle to cup
- Difficulty transitioning from gastric tube (G tube) feedings to oral feedings
- Difficulty with coordinating the suck/swallow/breath pattern during bottle or breastfeeding
- Feeding time taking longer than 30 minutes for infants, and 30 to 40 minutes for toddlers or young children
- Known to be a “picky eater”
Some common reasons to recieve Oral Motor and Feeding Therapy:
- Aspiration of foods / liquids
- Cleft lip/palate
- Difficulty gaining weight
- Structural problems (including jaw, mouth, teeth, etc.)
- Food refusal
- Inability to chew
- Picky eaters
- Oral muscle weakness
Through consistency, specialized techniques, and learning new skill sets, our therapists are ready to support your child with their meal time experience. The approach, and plan of care, for each child and each situation is different. We respect that every family has meal time rules. Our plan of care includes your families specific routine, and we teach you ways to incorporate them at home. Together we will create strategies that build a wonderful meal time experience for your family, and support your child on their path.
As a team, we’ll work together to decide which foods to introduce or what meal rules to set up. Therapists provide feedback and advice on ways to incorporate new foods, and the best practices for your specific child needs and their situation.
Make an Appointment
How do I make an Appointment?
- Give us a call at 603-740-3534 and speak to a knowledgeable staff member to see if these services are right for you!
- Schedule an evaluation
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What about insurance?
We accept Wellsense, AmeriHealth Caritas, Medicaid, Tricare, Anthem, United, Cigna, and many other forms of insurance. Please call us, 603-740-3534 if you have a question about your specific insurance policy, or need additional support.
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