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Q&A with Nicola Pratt

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
  • Dream-feedings
  • Picky Eating
  • Meal scheduling challenges
  • Requires distractions to eat
  • Force feeding
  • Slow growth
  • Tube feeding...
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