Feeding Therapy
Feeding Therapy

Feeding Therapy

Children with feeding and swallowing difficulties are at risk of malnutrition, dehydration, and respiratory problems.

Experience and specialized training in Feeding Therapy separates Children's Therapy Center from the rest.

The Speech Therapist at the Children’s Therapy Center has had specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders in infants and children.

Feeding therapy with a Speech Therapist may include:
  • Strengthening the muscles of the mouth
  • Increasing tongue movement
  • Improving chewing patterns
  • Increasing tolerance of different foods or liquids
  • Improving sucking/drinking ability
  • Coordinating the suck-swallow-breathe patterns of infants
  • Altering food textures and liquid viscosity to improve safe swallowing

Feeding Therapy is a vital program at the Children's Therapy Center.

Feeding therapy programs are individualized to meet the specific needs of each child.

The Children’s Therapy Center has received grant funding from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation to provide scholarships for feeding therapy to children in need.

For more information on the Amy Helpenstell Foundation, go to www.amyhelpenstell.org.

Feeding Therapists on Staff

Sara Stout

Work309-762-9552 x131

Tricia Kostner-Nicholson

Work309-762-9552 x130
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