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Feeding-Swallowing Therapy

CRCC’s speech-language pathologists or occupational therapists trained in feeding dysfunction provide specially designed treatments to children with oral/motor stimulation, swallowing and other feeding-related issues. 

We work closely with physicians, nutritionists and other care providers to develop home programming strategies that make feeding become an enjoyable experience.

Some of the medical diagnoses and underlying conditions which can lead to feeding/swallowing issues include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dysphagia
  • Failure to thrive
  • Food allergies
  • Gastroesophageal motility disorders
  • Gastrointestinal pain
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (emesis)
  • Genetic syndromes
  • Human immunodeficiency virus
  • Reactive airway disease
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Oral-motor dysfunction
  • Prematurity
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Status post organ transplant

Your child may benefit from, or be referred for, feeding/swallowing therapy services if they display any of the following:

  • Limited or refusal of oral food intake
  • Poor weight gain or unexplained weight loss
  • Difficulty transitioning from tube to oral feedings
  • Difficulty transitioning to textured food
  • At risk or history of aspiration
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Oral sensitivity or defensiveness
  • Fear/anxiety related to eating
  • Frequent gagging, coughing or choking
  • Frequent upper respiratory infections and/or pneumonia
  • Spitting up after feeding

Contact us to learn more about our feeding-swallowing therapy services.