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Pediatric Feeding Therapy in PA

Pediatric Food Nutrition Services

Feeding Therapy for Infants in PA

Pediatric Feeding Therapy

There are many reasons why a child could be struggling with eating. They could:

Suffer from oral motor difficulties (trouble using their tongue, teeth and jaw)

Have fine motor delays (cannot bring their hands to their mouth or grasp and pick up food)

Be a picky eater with a limited food repertoire

Have reflux, allergies or no appetite

Become distracted when they are trying to eat

Struggle with positioning

Regardless of why, feeding challenges can be an extremely frustrating issue for the entire family.

Red Flags

If a child is experiencing any of the following, their medical team should be contacted to see if a feeding evaluation would be beneficial:

Frequent vomiting

Chronic constipation/diarrhea

Difficulty latching onto breast/bottle, coordinating suck-swallow-breathe, chewing, advancing textures

Lack of self feeding

Coughing, choking, gagging or retching while eating

Eating less than 20 different foods

Significant aversion to certain foods or avoidance behaviors at mealtimes

What Makes Us Uniquely Successful?

Just like feeding challenges themselves, each treatment session is unique and geared toward the individual patient. Therapists form realistic goals, discussing expectations or rules that parents or caregivers have, and put together a plan specifically tailored to meet the patient and family’s needs.

Therapists may have children play with their food, work on a snack schedule or use utensils of varied shapes and sizes. They use a graded approach to increase tolerance of non-preferred foods. Sensory activities could be incorporated into treatment sessions for children who need help improving attention, behavior and regulation.

The goal of our feeding therapy is to make eating and meal time a positive and fun experience for the child and family!