Our feeding therapists provide skilled services to children with difficulties eating. These may include problems sucking, chewing, or swallowing age-appropriate food safely and easily. Feeding disorders may also include difficulties in a child’s relationship to food. A resistant eater may limit intake enough to result in illness, malnutrition, or poor growth.
First, consider what normal feeding looks like:
A child who eats normally is interested in food, enjoys eating, and feels comfortable after a meal. From birth, a hungry child should calm when food is presented. Children quickly learn the feeding routine and become excited when mealtime begins (getting into feeding position, or seeing the breast or bottle). As they grow, they become more and more interested in food, watching other people eat, wanting some for themselves, and then wanting to eat independently. A healthy eater will be smiling, interacting, and communicating while eating.
Children with feeding and swallowing problems have a wide variety of symptoms. Not all signs and symptoms are present in every child. The following are signs and symptoms of feeding and swallowing problems in very young children:
As a result, children may be at risk for:
Our feeding therapists are licensed in the State of Washington. All of our feeding therapy practitioners engage in professional continuing education classes, in order to provide the highest quality of services to their patients.