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Your child will receive a 2 hour comprehensive evaluation with a speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist to assess his/her oral motor and sensory processing skills, as well as analyze behaviors associated with feeding, swallowing and mealtime routine. Following an in depth medical history review and feeding assessment, the feeding team will determine if your child would benefit most from our intensive feeding day program or traditional outpatient therapy. Our intensive feeding day program is typically geared toward children who have been receiving outpatient feeding therapy with little to no progress in skills or for children who are feeding tube dependent. However, the Pediatric Feeding Institute of South Florida individualizes each child’s recommendations based on the severity of feeding and swallowing disorder.

Intensive Day Program

If your child qualifies for our intensive feeding day program, he/she will receive 3 feeding therapy sessions and 1 occupational therapy session per day, 5 days a week, for an 8 week program. The higher frequency of therapy sessions each day enables his/her therapist to establish a rapport, mealtime expectations, feeding routine, effectively teach oral motor skills, and desensitize or stimulate the sensory system depending on your child’s needs.

Outpatient Therapy Program

Your child will receive speech and occupational therapy 1-5 days per week dependent on your child’s needs. Therapy will be ongoing until your child’s goals are met. In some cases, outpatient therapy may be recommended in preparation for admission to our intensive day treatment program.

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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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