like the muscles in our arms and legs, sometimes the muscles in our lips,
cheeks and mouth lack the strength or coordination to participate in eating and
children have muscles that are too tight, weak or lack coordination to learn
how to eat new foods. Other children have difficulty controlling their
responses to touch, texture, taste and temperature. They may gag easily, spit
out food or refuse to try foods presented to them. This may not be just their
demonstration of food preferences but an actual feeding problem.
doctor may recommend that a feeding evaluation be completed to determine if
therapy would be beneficial to improve your child’s eating experience and
Courage Kenny Kids, our pediatric occupational therapists and speech-language
pathologists are skilled at evaluating the different components of your child’s
therapists will assess your child’s ability to coordinate the use of lips,
tongue and cheeks to move food around in his/her mouth for safe swallowing.
They also will look at your child’s physiological ability to tolerate different
textures, temperature and tastes, as he/she begins to broaden his/her diet. If
recommended and your doctor approves, a videofluoroscopy swallow study will be
physical therapist may also be included in the evaluation to help determine if
positioning, trunk control and muscle tone are interfering with your child’s
to observe your child’s eating habits. Pay attention to the type of food,
amount eaten, length of time it takes to eat, and the feeding environment.
Courage Kenny Kids will send you history forms where this information can be
recorded. Please complete these forms prior to your child’s initial evaluation.
Once your child is referred by
your physician for a feeding evaluation, our therapists will perform an intake
evaluation with an occupational therapist and a speech language pathologist.
Our therapists will help determine if the underlying causes of your child’s difficulty
are related to his/her oral motor or sensory processing skills.
the evaluation, the therapists will provide recommendations regarding treatment
or activities for you to do at home with your child. If direct therapy is
recommended, therapy activities will include play and eating activities
presented in a fun way to advance your child’s eating abilities. If your doctor
also recommends other caregivers related to his/her feeding difficulties, we
will work with them to provide a holistic approach to treating your child.
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Sara Rohde, OTR/L, manager, Courage Kenny Kids
A referral is needed from your child's health care provider before therapy can begin. Once your doctor has referred you to the Courage Kenny Kids rehabilitation program, contact one of these
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