Our Unique Approach

Our services involve one of the largest collaborative networks of feeding and swallowing experts in the country. We coordinate care to ensure patients receive the right treatment at the right point in time at the right location. Our approach involves a continuum of services—from outpatient to day treatment to inpatient care—matching the level of therapeutic support to your child’s needs.

Pediatric feeding and swallowing services are offered at our hospital campuses, outpatient rehabilitation neighborhood locations, imaging centers, Marcus Autism Center and the Center for Advanced Pediatrics. We offer transitional or temporary housing options to meet the needs of families traveling for services.

What We Treat

Difficulty with eating and drinking can significantly impact a child’s overall health and development. We offer diagnostics and treatment for children with common and rare feeding and swallowing problems. 

Our team addresses the following issues:

  • Pediatric dysphagia (feeding and swallowing disorders—difficulty moving food and liquid from the mouth to stomach)
  • Feeding tube dependence
  • Food avoidance or restriction
  • Food selectivity or extreme pickiness
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Lack of or difficulty self-feeding
  • Tantrums or protests during meal or snack times
  • Excessive time to consume meals or snacks
  • Poor weight gain
  • Nutritional deficiency

Common medical conditions associated with feeding and swallowing dysfunction include: 

  • Aerodigestive concerns 
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Food allergies
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Prematurity
  • Pulmonary problems
  • Structural abnormalities

Services We Offer

Our services are provided by expert clinicians who specialize in pediatric feeding and swallowing problems. Our team works collaboratively to match patients with the right services based on need.

Inpatient speech pathology services

Our medical team may order speech-language pathology services during your child’s hospital stay to help determine the most optimal nutrition and hydration plan of care, including:

  • Clinical evaluation and treatment
  • Video fluoroscopic swallow study (VFSS/OPMS)
  • Flexible endoscopic swallowing study (FEES)

Learn more about our inpatient rehabilitation services 

Instrumental swallowing outpatient diagnostics

Your physician may refer your child for an initial or repeat instrumental swallowing test to be completed as an outpatient at one of our hospital campuses or neighborhood imaging centers, including:

  • Video fluoroscopic swallow study (VFSS/OPMS)
  • Flexible endoscopic swallowing study (FEES)

Outpatient rehabilitation

Our nine outpatient rehabilitation neighborhood locations provide feeding and swallowing services close to home. Assessment and/or treatment is provided by a speech-language pathologist or occupational therapist, including: 

  • Clinical feeding and swallowing evaluation
  • Feeding and swallowing therapy (speech and occupational)
  • Preparation for video fluoroscopic swallow study (VFSS/OPMS), which is an assessment of swallowing in radiology
  • Outpatient rehab case management and social work support

Learn more about our Outpatient Rehabilitation Program 

Multidisciplinary Feeding Program

Some feeding and swallowing difficulties require a more intensive and structured approach. Our Multidisciplinary Feeding Program involves a team of specialists providing care within the same clinic. 

  • Disciplines include:
    • Behavioral psychology
    • Speech-language pathology
    • Occupational therapy
    • Clinical nutrition
    • Medical management
    • Social work
  • Services include:
    • Clinical evaluation
    • Behavioral feeding treatment
    • Feeding skill therapy
    • Preparation for instrumental diagnostic participation associated with problem behavior
    • Coordinated plan of care
    • Day treatment
    • Nutrition therapy

Learn more about our Mulitdisciplinary Feeding Program