Our Program

There are many complicated medical, psychological, and behavioral factors that affect how and if a child will eat. In order to address all of these factors appropriately, we use an interdisciplinary team approach to assess your child’s feeding disorder and create a treatment plan.

Our goal is to help children participate during daily meals with their parents and caregivers. In fact, 82 percent of children in our program meet their individual goals by the time they complete the program.

girl pinkThese positive outcomes are echoed in parent satisfaction ratings, which average 4.5 on a scale of 1 ("least satisfied") to 5 ("most satisfied").

In addition to working with your child, we teach you - the family and caregivers - how to incorporate treatment approaches into home life. We also conduct follow-up meals in the clinic to make sure you and your child are adhering to the treatment plan and are continuing to make progress.

Depending on the significance of your child’s needs, we are able to provide customizable treatment in a variety of settings, including inpatient services, day programs, and outpatient services.

Evaluation Clinic
Patients new to the program are first evaluated in our Evaluation Clinic. Members of the interdisciplinary team meet twice a week to conduct initial examinations. During the evaluation the team will:

  • obtain a medical history and nutritional information
  • observe you and your child during a meal
  • assess your child’s oral motor skills
  • determine if your child is a candidate for one of our feeding programs

Inpatient ServicesClick Here to Read the Inpatient Handbook

Children with severe food refusal and complex medical issues may be admitted to a 24-hour, seven-day per week intensive assessment and treatment program. Patients typically remain in this program for eight weeks.

Day Program

Children who do not need around-the-clock medical supervision but require more intensive therapy than can be provided on an outpatient basis attend the day program. Patients participate in the day program Monday through Friday, for six to eight weeks. Parents and children often commute or find nearby housing.

Outpatient Services

For children who don’t require intensive services but can benefit from the assistance of one of the interdisciplinary specialties (for example, behavior, occupational, or speech therapy) there are outpatient services. These services can also help children discharged from the inpatient unit maintain treatment gains at home.

It is often difficult to determine a long-range prognosis for your child’s future development, so follow-up services are available for two or more years. You will receive guidance and feedback on your ability to maintain your child’s treatment plan.

 

For a complete overview of our Feeding Disorder Program, please visit the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program homepage.

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