You’ve been an SLP and feeding therapist for over 20-years, what do parents most often ask you when you first meet?
- Why won’t my child eat?
- When will my child eat?
- How can I get my child to eat?
What is your background with pediatric feeding issues?
I have provided frontline homecare with children aged 0-18 years for over 2 decades, working closely with physicians, other therapists, and hospitals to help children with feeding and swallowing issues. I have worked with babies, toddlers, and older children, and teens with a wide range of medical and developmental issues impacting their feeding.
What are some specific types of feeding issues you see in children?
- Breast/bottle feeding problems
- Problems transitioning to solids/purees
- Difficulty transitioning from purees to table foods
- Oral motor (mouth muscle) or chewing delays
- Gagging or choking
- Picky Eating
- Meal scheduling challenges
- Requires distractions to eat
- Force feeding
- Slow growth
- Tube feeding...