Infants may have difficulty coordinating sucking, swallowing and breathing. This difficulty significantly impacts a child’s ability to eat by traditional means such as bottle or breast feeding. Infants many have difficulty transitioning from bottles to baby foods and a toddler may have difficulty transitioning from baby foods to more complex food textures. A speech therapist works to strengthen the muscles of the face, mouth, and tongue to promote safe feeding experiences. We also complete assessments for tongue tie and refer for treatment as needed.
Poor eating habits start early. As many as 25% of children that are picky eaters continue this pattern of eating into adulthood. Feeding therapy addresses the "why" component of picky eating. Rather than feel frustration around mealtime, our feeding therapists will help to coach you and your child to experience the joy of eating.