Cardinal Hill Outpatient Services - Eating and Swallowing Clinic

What is the Pediatric Eating and Swallowing Clinic?

The Pediatric Eating and Swallowing clinic offered at Cardinal Hill’s Lyman V. Ginger Pediatric Center is a comprehensive rehabilitation program that serves children from birth through adolescence with difficulties drinking or eating by mouth, accepting new foods and/or gaining weight.  The goal of the clinic is to assist children in eating a variety of foods safely, reaching optimal eating skills and making mealtime more enjoyable for children and their families.

Trained in specialized evaluation and therapy techniques, our team of caring professionals includes:
  • Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Registered Dietician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
Conditions appropriate for the Pediatric Eating & Swallowing Clinic:

If your child experiences difficulties in these areas, a referral to Cardinal Hill Pediatric Eating and Swallowing Clinic may be appropriate:

Oral Motor Signs
  • Excessive drooling, gagging, or choking
  • Difficultly sucking, biting, or chewing
  • Eating (food or bottle) lasts longer than 30 minutes
Medical Signs
  • Difficulty gaining weight, requiring tube feeding
  • History of pneumonia or spitting up/vomiting
  • Conditions which interfere with eating (i.e. Cleft Palate, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome) Distress
  • Agitated, excessive crying while eating
  • Out of breath
  • Sweating while eating
Sensory/Preferences
  • Very particular about nipple shape and/or type of spoon or cup
  • Problems with transition, especially to spoon
  • Limited food variety or acceptance of new tastes and textures
What we can offer:

For patients having difficulty with eating and swallowing, thorough evaluations, treatment plans and recommendations are available including:

  • Team evaluations including a SLP, OT, PT, and registered dietician
  • Modified Barium Swallow Evaluations (ages 2 and older)
  • Ongoing treatment at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital if warranted
  • Diet and equipment recommendations
  • Physical, sensory, and behavioral suggestions for the family and current therapists with regards to exercise and treatment goals and activities
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