The region’s most comprehensive program for the treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders. No matter what the cause, when infants and children have difficulty feeding and swallowing, it can create serious health problems. Our First Step is Understanding Training education of children with speech disorders a child comes to us with a feeding or swallowing issue, our first step is to evaluate his or her needs.
This evaluation may also include testing, such as our kid-friendly modified barium swallow study. Our treatment plans are individualized, and so are our goals. The Outpatient Feeding and Swallowing Program Through this program, the child can receive treatment once a week at one of our facilities. We always invite parents to participate in therapy, which may include speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, and nutrition counseling.
The Outpatient Feeding and Swallowing Intensity Program This program is a great solution for kids who need more intensive therapy, are medically stable, and live within driving distance of The Children’s Institute. In every case, our therapists and doctors work with parents and caregivers, providing support and teaching the techniques and skills necessary to manage feeding and swallowing issues at home. Regardless of Program, Family is Part of our Team We teach every family a variety of techniques and skills to help them manage their child’s eating in a step-by-step process. Family involvement and training is critical to treatment success. Prior to evaluation, the family is required to complete a Feeding Case History, which is reviewed and used by the team during each child’s evaluation. If needed, a modified barium swallow study may be scheduled.
For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Erin Murray, MS, LPC at 412-420-2439. The official registration and financial information of The Children’s Institute may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1. Internal Revenue Service of the federal government and registered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a charitable organization. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. This article needs additional citations for verification.