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
- Medical social workers
- Occupational therapists
- Physician consultants
- Speech-Language pathologists
The Feeding and Swallowing Clinic follows a four-part process which includes evaulation, recommendations, referral support, and a resource packet.
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.
The team meets and agrees upon general and specific recommendations, and if necessary, a care plan for the child.
Treatment may be coordinated with other pediatric specialists if needed.
Families will be able to take home a written report of the findings of the evaluation, recommendations, referrals, and educational and training materials.