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Feeding Program

Overview

We care for medically fragile newborns and children who have feeding and/or swallowing difficulties that prevent them from meeting their nutritional needs.

Good Shepherd Pediatrics Feeding Program helps children with feeding, chewing and swallowing issues that may be the result of medical, physical or cognitive disorders. For example, if children have demonstrated poor progress with outpatient feeding treatments, they may benefit from an intensive inpatient admission. The goal is to improve feeding skills to minimize reliance on tube feedings and achieve full oral intake when possible.

Our Feeding Program is designed to:

  • Employ a bio-behavioral model that addresses the unique physical, physiological, social and environmental factors contributing to feeding issues — all led by our medical specialists with advanced clinical training in feeding
  • Lead multiple daily feeding opportunities for training and practice
  • Utilize leading-edge rehabilitation technology, including VitalStim and NTrainer System®
  • Work and communicate closely with parents/caregivers to ensure an effective transition to home and community

Multidisciplinary Care Team

  • Pediatric physiatrist and pediatric hospitalist
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Care management
  • Neuropsychology
  • Counseling
  • Dietary

Care Options for Pediatric Feeding Disorders

Our feeding experts lead specialized inpatient and outpatient pediatric programs to support you and your child depending on their specific feeding disorder, including:

  • Difficulty with weight gain
  • Picky eating
  • Trouble with breast or bottle feeding
  • Choking on food
  • Coughing when swallowing
  • Avoiding certain tastes and textures
  • Challenges with self-feeding

Does My Child Have a Feeding Problem?

View/download these picky eater tips, as well as a checklist to help understand if your child can benefit from a feeding evaluation.

“After a few days, everything started to change and improve. … One of the things that sets Good Shepherd apart is that they take a comprehensive approach and treat the whole patient.”

Heather G., mom of Good Shepherd Pediatrics’ feeding patient

Contact Us to Get Started

To request a pediatric feeding disorder evaluation for your child, call 1-888-44-REHAB or fill out the form below.

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