The feeding evaluation is completed by a specially trained occupational therapist and/or speech pathologist. The assessment includes review of medical history, reports from other healthcare providers, and parent concerns. The therapist(s) work with the child and the family to assess and address the multiple factors involved with eating. Based on the evaluation, recommendations are made for individual feeding treatment, home programming, and/or parent consultation.
Individual feeding treatment is typically provided on a weekly basis by an occupational therapist or a speech-language pathologist. The goal of treatment is to address the individual goals of the child but also to support families, provide resources, and help parent/care-givers establish an effective home-based program. Since feeding disorders often develop from a combination of medical/physiological, developmental, behavioral, and psychosocial factors, our trained feeding therapists have experience working with children with a variety of medical diagnosis (ie: GERD, FTT, cardiac, pulmonary, cleft palate/ lip), breastfeeding concerns, oral motor delays, sensory-based feeding disorders, and other contributing factors that may need to be supported during therapy intervention.