Feeding and Swallowing

Problems with self-feeding

Feeding and / or mealtime challenges can be especially frustrating to caregivers of infants and young children whose sensorimotor development is affected by their complex medical history.  MMI occupational therapists can help caregivers understand and support the postural, oral-motor and sensory issues that are contributing to their everyday frustrations around feeding / eating.  Our therapeutic priority is to facilitate a positive mealtime experience for caregivers and the child by improving oral feeding skills and acceptance. 

MMI occupational therapists can also support children and young adults whose arm/hand and oral motor coordination challenges limits their ability to eat and drink independently.  The client’s ability to manage and swallow food/liquid safely will be evaluated in collaboration with caregivers prior to establishing a plan to increase participation in self-feeding.

Form: Three Day Food Diary

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