Mealtimes should be a positive experience for young children. Unfortunately, for some children, mealtimes can be stressful and challenging. Feeding therapy can alleviate this stress by helping children with sucking, chewing and swallowing, and self-feeding. A child may need feeding therapy in Pennsylvania if they are having difficulty with the following:
Demonstrates difficulty with bottle or breastfeeding.
Is fussy or irritable with feeding.
Seems congested during or after feedings.
Displays frequent coughing, gagging, choking, or vomiting during or immediately after eating.
Failure to thrive or slow weight gain
Excessively long feedings/mealtimes
Avoids or is sensitive to certain food textures, food temperatures and/or flavors.
Stuffs mouth with food or swallows food without chewing
Transitioning from gastric tube (G tube) feedings or modified diet to oral feedings.
Displays negative mealtime behaviors (For example, infant cries, arches, pulls away from food; child refuses to eat, tantrums at mealtimes, or “shuts-down” and does not engage in mealtime).