Does your child have difficulty swallowing food and drink? Is your child dependent on a feeding tube for all or most of his nutrition? Does your child suffer from aspiration of food or drink?
Besides the obvious benefits of nutrition and energy, he or she may be missing out on social interactions that often surround the act of eating. Many children with multiple medical conditions have difficulty eating and swallowing age-appropriate foods; therefore, they are missing the pleasurable and social experience of enjoying food and drink.
Children may be diagnosed with dysphagia, difficulty swallowing, for a number of reasons including, but not limited to, congenital disorders such as Down syndrome and cerebral palsy , prematurity, traumatic brain injury  and structural deficits.
Good Shepherd Outpatient Pediatrics provides innovative dysphagia and feeding therapy  for children of all ages who have difficulty swallowing , are feeding-tube dependent and/or have difficulty advancing food textures. Vital Stim therapy is a safe and effective treatment for those suffering with dysphagia . It is a non-evasive, external electrical stimulation therapy cleared to market by the Food and Drug Administration.
How does it work?
How do I know if my child is a candidate for Vital Stim Therapy?
At Good Shepherd, your child will receive a complete feeding and swallowing evaluation that includes:
After reviewing this information and your child’s medical records, the Vital Stim therapist will decide if your child may benefit from this therapy.
What should I expect from therapy?
At Good Shepherd Pediatrics , we have certified pediatric speech/language pathologists who offer Vital Stim therapy at our outpatient clinic. These therapists are specifically trained to provide this novel therapy to children. Good Shepherd is one of the few institutions in the area to provide this mode of therapy to the pediatric population.
If you feel your child would benefit from Vital Stim therapy and would like an evaluation, call 610-776-3578 or schedule an appointment.