Conditions & Treatments

Pediatric Feeding and Nutrition Program

Pediatric Feeding

In addition to providing core therapy services, Spaulding offers a Feeding and Nutrition Program designed to benefit infants and children who develop feeding difficulties due to a variety of conditions or circumstances, including:

  • Mouth or throat weakness causing choking, gagging or coughing
  • Reduced muscle control, neurological disorders
  • Medical complications, prematurity, cardiac conditions, traumatic injury
  • Non-oral feedings
  • Growth and weight problems, malnutrition
  • Chronic respiratory issues, reflux, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea
  • Metabolic disturbances, food allergies
  • Behavioral issues, autism, ADD
  • Sensory integration disorders
  • Extreme selectivity and food refusal
  • Under-eating or over-eating
  • Food anxieties or aversions
  • Facial, oral, dental, pharyngeal anomalies

The program is led by a multidisciplinary team of experts that include a gastroenterologist, registered dietitian and therapists (PT, OT and Speech) specially trained in feeding and swallowing disorders. In addition, consultation with other pediatric subspecialists and a social worker is available. A comprehensive evaluation may include:

  • Analysis of the caregiver’s description of feeding issues, birth, growth and dietary history
  • Meal observation
  • General health and medical assessment, including weight and height
  • Assessment of oral-sensorimotor, swallowing, feeding skills and digestive status
  • Evaluation of motor control and position
  • Analysis or neuro-developmental milestones, social and cognitive skills
  • Assessment of the home routine

Once specific underlying causes for the child’s feeding and nutrition problems are identified, the team prepares an individualized, family-focused treatment program.


Approach to Care

Whether a child needs a single therapy or a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation program, our pediatric rehabilitation specialists develop a customized care plan to ensure the best possible outcomes.  In helping our patients reach their potential, our staff addresses the physical, social, emotional and academic needs of each child, laying the foundation for the continuing development of abilities and the experience of success.  Clinicians work with pediatric specialists, referring physicians, schools, the family and the child to set goals and review progress.  We also help families identify additional services and resources available to them within the healthcare system and in their communities.


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