Feeding and Swallowing Services

What are feeding and swallowing services?

Not all feeding problems are the same. Some children do not eat or drink enough to gain weight and grow. Some children do not have a healthy or balanced diet because they eat only a few foods. Other children have behavior problems that cause the meal to be stressful for the family. Some children do not chew or swallow. Some children cough when they swallow or have difficulties coordinating their lips, tongue and jaw movements to manage food and swallow safely. Many children have oral sensitivities, oral aversions, and/or medical problems that contribute to their feeding problem.

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Because there are so many different types of feeding problems, you need an assessment and treatment program that is specific to your child.

Munroe-Meyer Institute can help if your child:

What are the evaluation and treatment options?

If your child or a child you know needs services for feeding or swallowing, call the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI). An intake specialist will ask you some questions to help you find the services that are best for the child and help you schedule an evaluation for the appropriate service. MMI offers a variety of services to address the many different needs of children with feeding and swallowing disorders. For example: