Pediatric Feeding Evaluation and Treatment

pediatric feeding disordersA pediatric feeding evaluation is when a speech pathologist assesses the difficulty a child is having with feeding and swallowing.

Some of the following red flags may be indications that your child is in need of a feeding evaluation and feeding therapy:

  • Inability to transition to purees by 10 months
  • Inability to transition to chewables by 16 months
  • Difficulty transitioning off the bottle/breast to a cup/straw
  • Aversion/avoidance of specific food groups/textures
  • Refusing previously accepted foods and not resuming them over time
  • Coughing, choking, arching with feedings
  • Poor weight gain/concerns from pediatrician about percentile on growth curve
  • Bottles/meals taking longer than 30 minutes
  • Fights at mealtime/stressful mealtimes
  • Requires distractions with all meals

We conduct feeding evaluations and therapy for a variety of patients from infants to 21 years of age including children with:

  • Down syndrome
  • Oral motor weakness
  • Failure to thrive
  • Problem feeders/food aversions
  • Reflux
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Babies with difficulty transitioning off the breast/bottle or to solid foods
  • Airway disorders
  • Transitioning from tube feeds
  • Autism
  • Cleft palate/craniofacial disorders
  • Genetic disorders
  • Coughing/choking with feeding
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Chewing difficulties

What you need to know to prepare for a pediatric feeding evaluation