Feeding Clinic

The Good Shepherd Pediatric Feeding Program offers comprehensive assessment of a child's feeding, developmental and medical histories.

Characteristics of a feeding disorder:

  • Choking/coughing/gagging with foods
  • Desire to eat, then refusal
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Feeding tube dependence
  • Eating a limited variety or volume of foods
  • Not progressing to age-appropriate foods
  • Slow weight gain/failure to thrive

Feeding Program Intake Process:

  • Call Good Shepherd Patient Access at 610-776-3100. Indicate that you are interested in a pediatric feeding evaluation and provide a specific reason for the referral as well as the name of the referring physician.
  • After you have spoken to a representative from Patient Access, Good Shepherd will mail you a feeding intake packet. You will need to complete this packet and return it to Good Shepherd.
  • After Good Shepherd receives your completed intake packet, you will receive a phone call when an appointment is available.

Feeding Program Evaluation Process:

All Feeding evaluations are completed on Friday mornings with an occupational therapist and a speech therapist. The evaluation will last approximately 60 minutes and will include an interview with the parent(s) for background feeding history and observation of the child with both non-preferred and preferred foods.

At the conclusion of your child's evaluation, the therapists will review their recommendations, which may include:

  • Returning for weekly therapy
  • Returning for monthly feeding follow-ups
  • Implementing a home exercise program in regards to feeding
  • Completion of medical procedures/tests to provide further information
  • Referrals to other professionals

 

Location:
Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center
Pediatrics - Dornsife Suite, Middle Level
850 S. 5th Street
Allentown, PA 189103

For more information on the Good Shepherd’s Pediatrics Program, contact us, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422) or Request an Appointment.