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pediatric feeding service

Pediatric Feeding & Swallowing Services

Children with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities often have difficulties coordinating the movements of sucking, swallowing, biting and chewing.  These problems, known as oral-motor disorders, can seriously affect a child’s health, nutrition and quality of life from birth to adulthood.

The Pediatric Feeding & Swallowing team is made up of licensed professionals who work with families and caregivers to provide evaluation, recommendations, education, service navigation, and support for the development of feeding skills in children with disabilities.

Services Provided

Speech-language pathologist

  • Examines the jaw, tongue, cheeks, lips and palate, and the child’s ability to coordinate movements during feeding.
  • Evaluates the child’s ability to coordinate neurological, sensory, motor, respiratory, and gastrointestinal system as it relates to successful feeding and swallowing.
  • Recommends changes in textures or placement of food, and hands-on oral control techniques to facilitate biting, chewing, sucking and swallowing skills.

Occupational therapist

  • Evaluates posture, muscle tone, and the child’s self-feeding skills.
  • Identifies sensory disturbances affecting a child’s nutritional intake.
  • Recommends and provides hands-on sensory strategies to promote a positive relationship with food
  • Recommends the appropriate use of adaptive equipment for self-feeding skills

Nutritionist

  • Evaluates nutritional needs and weight gain problems.
  • Makes nutritional recommendations.

Insurance/Fee Information

Providers are paneled with most insurance providers.  Please contact the clinic for up-to-date information on which insurance plans we currently accept.

If your insurance is not one we currently accept, you will be responsible for payment for all services. For those with financial hardship, a sliding fee scale is available. Please call to learn about our self-pay rate.

Hours

Tuesday mornings

Contact

To schedule an appointment, please contact the Behavioral Health Clinic, Customer Care Representative:

For specific questions regarding services in this clinic, please contact Vicki Simonsmeier: