Feeding Disorders

Feeding disorders are problems with a range of eating activities that may or may not include problems with swallowing. The long-term consequences of feeding and swallowing disorders can include:

  • Food aversion
  • Oral aversion
  • Aspiration pneumonia and/or compromised pulmonary status
  • Undernutrition or malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Gastrointestinal complications such as motility disorders, constipation and diarrhea
  • Poor weight gain velocity and/or undernutrition
  • Rumination disorder (unintentional and reflexive regurgitation of undigested food that may involve re-chewing and re-swallowing of the food)
  • Ongoing need for enteral (gastrointestinal) or parenteral (intravenous) nutrition
  • Psychosocial effects on the child and family
  • Feeding and swallowing problems that persist into adulthood, including the risk for choking, malnutrition or undernutrition


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Treatment Options

  • Individualized service plans created in close consultation with families to help children uncover and strengthen skills, allowing them to function to the best of their abilities
  • Behavioral interventions and sensory integration techniques, as needed, while providing speech-language therapy
  • Feeding services for clients who are picky eaters, have food aversion or sensitivity or exhibit oral motor impairment
  • Specialized treatment for clients with sensory, oral aversion and oral motor disorders focused on improving food quality and quantity intake