Children with feeding and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) may present with the following:
Children may experience feeding and swallowing issues as part of the following difficulties:
We work in collaboration with your doctors to help you and your child with feeding/swallowing difficulties. During the evaluation, we will ask questions about your child’s medical history, development, and symptoms. We will look at the strength and movement of the muscles involved in swallowing and observe feeding to see your child's posture, behavior, and oral movements during eating and drinking. We are trained to perform Videofluroscopy (VFS), which can be arranged as necessary.
We work with your child to improve the strength, movement, and coordination of the muscles of the mouth, thereby improving your child's feeding skills. These can include their chewing, drinking and sucking abilities. We work closely with you to increase acceptance of different foods and liquids for your child, by altering food texture or liquid consistencies if necessary. For young infants, we work on the coordination of the suck-swallow-breath pattern. With collaborative efforts, your support, and good problem-solving approach, we can help children enjoy feeding again!