Feeding & Swallowing Program
We utilize strategies associated with Beckman Oral Motor Approach, SOS Approach to feeding therapy, Feeding & Swallowing Hierarchy, positioning and adaptive equipment, manual techniques, strengthening of oral motor structures, grading levels of support and expectations.
Feeding & Swallowing Providers
Our Team of Speech & Occupational Therapists Specifically Trained in Feeding/Swallowing Intervention
Christina Gagosian MS, OTR/L
Signs of Feeding or Swallowing Issues
Behaviors During Feeding
Arches back, stiffens, cries, fusses, falls asleep, gets stuffy, coughs, gags, spits, throws up, uncoordinated breathing while feeding or eating, falls asleep
Challenges with Textures
Refuses various textures, eats 10 or less foods, only eats certain textures
Behaviors After Feeding
Spits up or throws up, drools a lot, has liquid coming out of nose or mouth, has gurgly, hoarse or breathy voice
Challenges We Can Help With
Difficulty breastfeeding or transitioning from breast to bottle
Difficulty with beginning textures or advancing textures
Difficulty with self-feeding: hands to mouth, use of utensils
Choking, gagging, or vomiting when eating
Feeding tube dependency, decreased oral intake, decreased calorie intake
Refusal of foods, liquids, or textures, tantrums during meal time
Common Diagnoses Treated
Gastroesophageal reflux, gastric motility disorders, palate defects, Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory aversion, failure to thrive, prematurity, oral motor dysfunction, dysphagia, and many more!
-> Increasing the awareness and coordination of oral structures
-> Coordinating breathing with sucking and swallowing
-> Increases food textures and liquid thickness
-> Decreasing negative behaviors during meal times
-> Decreasing sensory aversion or sensitivity to tactile experiences (hands/mouth) sights, sounds, smells at meal times
-> Proper positioning for safety in eating and swallowing
-> Increasing variety of foods and calories
Let's Get Started!
Call to schedule your evaluation today!
During our evaluation we will review medical concerns and assess oral motor skills, swallowing skills, nutritional concerns, and behavioral concerns associated with mealtimes.