What Is the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program?
A team of professionals that:
- cares about children and families;
- has specialized training and experience; and
- uses a scientifically supported approach includes leaders in research on pediatric feeding disorders.
We assess and treat children with feeding disorders. That is all we do, all day, every day.
Assessment focuses on understanding the cause of the child’s feeding problems, while considering:
- medical history;
- current diagnoses;
- oral-motor skills;
- nutrition; and
Treatment focuses on:
- teaching the child to eat a variety of healthy foods;
- promoting appropriate weight gain and growth;
- teaching the child to eat like other children; and
- training caregivers to use the treatments at home.
The program is highly successful. We meet 90 percent of the goals we set for individual children.
The program offers services at several intensity levels, depending on the needs of the child.
- Evaluation clinic determines whether the child is appropriate for one of our programs.
- Day-treatment program provides intensive services for children with severe feeding disorders.
- Outpatient program provides follow up to day-treatment and services to children with milder feeding disorders.
- SEEDS program provides early intervention and feeding services to children with feeding disorders and autism spectrum disorder or a developmental disability
Children with feeding disorders from birth to age 12 in the day-treatment and outpatient programs. We will consider children and adolescents over the age of 12 on a case-by-case basis.
Children with feeding disorders and a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or developmental disability from ages 2 to 8 in the SEEDS program.
- Scientifically supported
- Data based
Our assessments focus on finding the cause of the feeding problem.
Our treatments use the information from the assessment to improve feeding behavior.
Our philosophy is to be a good eater, you must practice eating. We set the child up for success by breaking eating down into small, simple steps.