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Pediatric Feeding and Nutrition Program at Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children Salem

In addition to providing core therapy services to children and adolescents, we also offer a Feeding and Nutrition Program designed to benefit infants and children who develop feeding difficulties due to a variety of conditions or circumstances, including:

  • Mouth or throat weakness causing choking, gagging or coughing
  • Reduced muscle control, neurological disorders
  • Medical complications, prematurity, cardiac conditions, traumatic injury
  • Non-oral feedings
  • Growth and weight problems, malnutrition
  • Chronic respiratory issues, reflux, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea
  • Metabolic disturbances, food allergies
  • Behavioral issues, autism, ADD
  • Sensory integration disorders
  • Extreme selectivity and food refusal
  • Under-eating or over-eating
  • Food anxieties or aversions
  • Facial, oral, dental, pharyngeal anomalies

Spaulding's Approach to the Pediatric Feeding and Nutrition Program

The program is led by a team of experts that includes a gastroenterologist, registered dietitian and physical, occupational and speech therapists, all specially trained in feeding and swallowing disorders. In addition, consultation with other pediatric subspecialists and a social worker is available to you and your family.

Through a comprehensive evaluation we will:

  • Work with you to understand the feeding issues your seeing and gather information about your child's birth, growth and dietary history
  • Watch how your child eats and generally behaves with and around food
  • Perform a general health and medical assessment, including weight and height
  • Assess oral-sensorimotor, swallowing, feeding skills and digestive status
  • Evaluate motor control and position when eating
  • Examine neuro-developmental milestones, as well as social and cognitive skills

Once specific underlying causes for your child’s feeding and nutrition problems are identified, we will prepare an individualized, family-focused treatment program to make sure your child is getting the nutrition he or she needs and is on the right track for a lifetime of healthy eating.