Day Feeding Program

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 707 North Broadway • Baltimore, MD 21205

Directors:

Peter A. Girolami, PhD, BCBA
Program Director

Eric Levey, MD
Medical Director

About Our Program:

The Pediatric Feeding Disorders Continuum combines the medical expertise of gastroenterology and the precise therapeutic techniques of behavioral psychology, along with the core disciplines of occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, nutrition and social work. The program aims to establish feeding patterns with appropriate nutritional value that can be maintained by the family in the home and other environments. The program's cost-effective, inter-disciplinary model meets each child's medical, nutritional and behavioral needs. The program also emphasizes observable and measurable outcomes, and utilizes databased decision making in implementing treatment plans. The Day Treatment Program is designed for children who do not need around-the-clock medical supervision, but require more intensive therapy than can be provided on a regular outpatient basis.

Primary Program Goals:

  • Increase oral intake of nutrition
  • Decrease dependence on tube feeding
  • Increase/maintain weight
  • Maintain family satisfaction

Success Story:

A 6-year-old boy from Florida was referred to our program for severe food selectivity. He survived on Cheerios, chips, gummy bears and apple juice. His family couldn't eat together at a family meal or go out to a restaurant without extreme tantrumming. After treatment here, he eats from all of the food groups and in any setting. On the day of discharge, he and his mother ate out successfully at Bennigan's, like any other mother and son. He packs a regular lunch in his lunch box and eats with his peers at school. Now, the family eats together both at home and in the community.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Contacts:

To make a referral or request an initial evaluation:

Contact the Care Management Office
Toll-free Referral: (888) 554-2080
Local Referral: (443) 923-9400

For follow-up appointments:

Phone: (443) 923-2740

Referral specialists are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday through Friday, and will gladly answer your questions. If you reach voice mail, please leave a message and a referral specialist will promptly return your call.

Primary Diagnoses Served: 
Additional Diagnoses Served: 
Failure to thrive
Food refusal
G-tube dependence