Does My Child Need Feeding Therapy?

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Does my child need feeding therapy?

A feeding disorder is characterized by difficulty with any step in the feeding process. It can develop at any age and results in atypical eating and drinking skills/behaviors that affects a child’s overall growth, nutrition, health, social eating skills, and family dynamic.

If your child presents with any of the following red flags, a feeding/swallowing evaluation is warranted:

Frequent gagging or chokingFood/liquid coming out of the noseInability to transition from purees to solid pieces of food2Rashes or eczema associated with foods
Frequent vomitingExtreme crying and food refusalsComplete avoidance of a particular texture or sensory property of a foodBreathy, hoarse, or wet vocal quality after eating
Difficulty latching to the breast or bottleArching during or following feedingsPoor coordination of swallowing and breathingCongestion after eating
Poor weight gainChronic constipationRepeated respiratory infections or pneumoniaLong meal times
Frequent coughing when eatingInability to transition from breast/bottle to pureesMealtime power strugglesDifficulty chewing
Pocketing foodFeeding tube dependenceOverstuffingGastrointestinal disorders resulting in difficulty eating
Sensory processing difficulties with sensitivities to the sight (color, shape), smell, texture (touch), and taste of foods.Refusal to sit at table around non-preferred foodsMetabolic or absorption disordersSwallowing food whole

Getting Started

Before you can schedule an evaluation you need to:

  1. Obtain a prescription from your pediatrician/gastroenterologist for feeding evaluation and treatment and the appropriate diagnostic codes.
  2. Send your insurance information for verification.
  3. Fill out new patient forms.
  4. Call 561-571-7557 to schedule the evaluation.

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About Our Program

The Pediatric Feeding Institute of South Florida (PFISF) specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with various feeding and swallowing disorders using sensory, behavioral, and oral motor approaches as appropriate.  We are committed to implementing innovative methods to address complex feeding disorders to ensure positive outcomes that generalize to the natural environment and are long-lasting. We provide treatment for infants, children and adolescents with feeding and swallowing difficulties/disorders frequently associated with gastrointestinal disorders, food allergies/intolerances, prematurity, oral motor dysfunction, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, cleft lip/palate, failure to thrive, various syndromes, feeding tube dependance, sensory integration disorders, structural abnormalities (i.e. tongue tie) and cardio-respiratory conditions.

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