Difficulties with swallowing and feeding can result in choking, pulmonary problems, inadequate nutrition, dehydration and weight loss. Adults and children experiencing these issues will benefit from swallowing and feeding therapy to regain function.
While treatment depends on the cause, symptoms and type of swallowing problem, it usually includes exercises to improve muscle movement combined with positions to help each individual swallow more effectively. Food and liquids that are easier and safer to swallow will be recommended as a patient progresses.
Medically fragile babies and those who are born prematurely often experience difficulties latching and extracting from a nipple. Difficulty feeding at the newborn level leads to a host of medical issues. Therapy to create quality driven feeds including accurate nipple selection, flow rate, postures and compensatory strategies are implemented.
Behavioral Feeding Plans
In children, food refusal can be sensory or behavioral in nature and unrelated to any physical disability. Strategies aim to de-sensitize children experiencing sensory issues and reward selective eaters as they progress through a custom feeding plan.