Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

ChildServe Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

The Feeding and Swallowing Clinic at ChildServe brings together an interdisciplinary team of specialists to offer a comprehensive approach to evaluating feeding and swallowing problems. Our comprehensive evaluation looks specifically at sensory, oral motor, behavioral and swallowing issues.

  • Enhance eating skills and behaviors
  • Enable physical growth and development
  • Improve the nutritional status of children
  • Promote self-feeding
  • Increase acceptance of food types and textures
  • Improve sucking, chewing, biting and/or swallowing skills
  • Improve meal-time behaviors
Our Team
  • Dietitians
  • Medical social workers
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physician consultants
  • Speech-Language pathologists
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Assessment Process

The Feeding and Swallowing Clinic follows a four-part process which includes evaulation, recommendations, referral support, and a resource packet.

  1. Evaluation
  2. The team gets to know the child through the assessment process, including:

    • The amount of food the child will consume during a meal
    • The texture of food the child will accept
    • The variety of foods the child consumes
    • Behaviors the child exhibits during mealtime
    • The safety of oral feeding
    • If appropriate, a Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Testing (FEESST) may be performed. FEESST is an alternative to the X-ray test of swallowing that uses a specially designed endoscope to assess the sensory and motor components of the swallow.
  3. Recommendations
  4. The team meets and agrees upon general and specific recommendations, and if necessary, a care plan for the child.

  5. Referral Support
  6. Treatment may be coordinated with other pediatric specialists if needed.

  7. Resource Packet
  8. Families will be able to take home a written report of the findings of the evaluation, recommendations, referrals, and educational and training materials.


Jenelle Clabaugh


Medical Social Worker

Phone Icon Jenelle Clabaugh 515-727-1561 Medical Social Worker   
515 727-1561
Pam Payeur


Medical Social Worker

Phone Icon Pam Payeur 515 727-1533 Medical Social Worker   
515 727-1533