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Feeding Team

Description of Services

Children’s Hospital's Feeding Team provides assessment, treatment, and ongoing support and follow-up care for infants and children experiencing feeding difficulties. Feeding difficulties can develop for a variety of reasons (medical, anatomical/structural, psychosocial, developmental, behavioral, and/or experiential) and therefore require a comprehensive assessment. A comprehensive evaluation combined with appropriate referrals at an early age will produce the best outcomes for children and their families.

The Feeding Team involves an interdisciplinary team of specialists who provide comprehensive assessment and treatment . The child’s care is coordinated among multiple staff members with an emphasis on ongoing family education, training, and support.  Based on the child’s needs, the initial assessment may include input from one or more of the following specialists:

• Nurse Feeding Specialist
• Occupational Therapist
• Speech Pathologist
• Clinical Dietitian

If your child experiences one or more of the following, they may benefit from the Feeding Team:

• Limited or poor intake
• Food refusal/selectivity
• Inadequate or slow weight gain
• Suspected or identified problems with airway protection and swallowing
• Choking
• Sensory problems
• Swallowing difficulties
• Chewing difficulties
• History of gagging
• Picky eating
• Oral sensitivity
• Lack of oral feeding experiences

To schedule an appointment: 412-692-5580
To speak to a clinician: 412-692-5036

If your child is over 12 months old, feeding services are also available with occupational and/or speech therapy at the following sites:

Children’s North in Wexford: 724-933-9255
Children’s East in Monroeville: 412-666-3836
Children’s South in Bethel Park: 412-692-8807

 

Referral Requirements

Referrals are required from primary care physicians or other Children’s Hospital specialty services. Referrals for patients enrolled in managed care insurance plans also may require authorization from the insurance provider and primary care physician. All necessary referral and authorization forms must be received before the patient’s visit. For accurate provider numbers or more information, please call the office number.

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Last Update
January 12, 2012
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