Feeding Disorders Clinic

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 801 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 consists of an interdisciplinary team that treats children and adolescents with feeding disorders. Areas of concentration include failure to consume enough nutrients to promote growth, abnormal suck and swallow patterns due to genetic or metabolic defects, abnormal eating problems, disruptive mealtime behavior, diagnosis of aspiration and tube feeding management.

Primary Program Goals:

To identify and analyze children who are unable to consume sufficient calories via oral feeding to maintain and/or promote growth. A comprehensive team assesses all aspects of feeding disorders. The team consists of pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric nursing, behavioral psychology, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and pediatric nutrition. Based on the information obtained during this evaluation, the team meets and agrees upon general and specific recommendations, and if necessary, a treatment plan for the child. The child is then referred for inpatient, day program or outpatient services from the appropriate disciplines as needed. Throughout the child's course of treatment, the team works closely together to provide comprehensive assessment, treatment, and follow-up.

Interesting Trends:

The program has enjoyed a national reputation and increasing numbers of patients are referred from throughout the United States for evaluation and therapy. Additionally, many patients are referred by Johns Hopkins International Services.

Hours of Operation:

Every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Contacts:

To make a referral or request an initial evaluation:
Contact our Care Management Office
Toll-Free Referral: (888) 554-2080
Local Referral: (443) 923-9400

For follow-up appointments:
Lobby Care Center
Phone: (443) 923-2600

Related Materials and Information
Primary Diagnoses Served: 
Additional Diagnoses Served: 
Failure to thrive
Food refusal
G-tube dependence