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Feeding Disorders Clinic

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 801 North Broadway • Baltimore, MD 21205


Peter A. Girolami, PhD, BCBA
Program Director

About Our Program:

The Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program 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.

More information about the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program >

Hours of Operation:

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

Schedule your initial appointment:

We welcome your questions and referrals. To schedule an appointment, for more information about a referral or evaluation, or to speak to someone by phone, please contact:

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

Change your appointment date/time or schedule a follow-up appointment:

To reschedule an appointment or to schedule a follow-up appointment, please call the Medical Care Center at (443) 923-2600.

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