Description

Children with OM/feeding and/or swallowing problems are experiencing feeding aversions, oral motor delay, difficulty swallowing, behavioral problems related to feeding, food refusal, poor weight gain, difficulty with texture transition (picky eaters), or G-tube to oral feeding transition.

Symptoms

Examples of presenting problems that may be associated with feeding problems include:

  • Coughing, choking, or gagging during a meal
  • Poor weight gain
  • Vomiting
  • Total or partial food refusal
  • Mouth weakness
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Resistance to food textures
  • Behavior concerns at mealtime

What you can expect from therapy

Feeding therapy will focus on addressing your child’s specific OM/Feeding needs. Intervention may include oral-motor exercises, decreasing oral sensitivity, introducing your child to new foods or textures, changing or modifying food consistencies, addressing behavioral issues during mealtime, and/or transitioning from G/J-tube feeding to oral feedings.

Parent involvement is extremely important and strongly encouraged and recommended to help carryover skills for greater success.

Learn more about how HealthReach therapists can help

Schedule your initial consultation today by calling us at 1-262-780-0707.

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