Feeding Therapy

Feeding challenges affect children of all ages, from birth to school-aged for a variety of different reasons. Eating is a highly complex act, relying on the respiratory, postural, oral-motor, and sensory systems of the body.  Challenges in one of these areas may disrupt the intricate timing and coordination of the body’s overall “eating system”.  This disruption can result in a child who experiences eating as a challenging, unpleasant job rather than as an enjoyable, rewarding experience.  Children who benefit from feeding therapy have any of the following: 

    • Developmental Delay or disability
    • Neurological disorders
    • Metabolic Disorders
    • Congenital Anomalies
    • Disorders of oral motor structure or development
    • Weight gain or loss
    • Improper growth
    • Disorders of the gastrointestinal system
    • Aspiration, vomiting, choking and/or gagging with feeding
    • Non-oral feeding (g-tube)
    • Delayed self-feeding
    • Delayed transition from liquids to solids, smooth to soft-solid, soft-solid to chewable solids
    • Breast or bottle feeding difficulties

The goal of feeding therapy is to identify your child’s current level of development related to feeding and to provide both direct interventions, as well as support for the carry-over of therapeutic strategies in the home environment.  Through a close working relationship with your feeding therapist, the underlying causes for your child’s feeding difficulties will be identified and an individualized treatment program will be developed so that your child becomes a healthy and happy eater.

To learn more about our Feeding Therapy contact Michelle Schwantz at 847.480.8890 ext, 28 or Co-Clinical Director, Jerri Krantz at 847.480.8890 ext, 12.

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