“He refuses to eat anything other than……”
· Children may qualify for feeding therapy if nutritional or caloric intake is low because of persistent refusal to eat a variety of foods.
· This may be problematic for family routines and affect the development of the child.
· Pediatricians may refer the child and caregiver for habilitation therapy if weight gain and developmental issues are quantified.
· Autism Spectrum Disorders can be treated specifically for nutrition and meal routine difficulties.
Swallowing Habilitation (Ages birth to 6)
· A child’s ability to manage food includes biting, chewing and swallowing safely. Any impairment in that ability may be treated by licensed therapists.
· Pediatricians and medical specialists may refer your child for swallowing therapy if the following medical challenges are present:
o Sucking and swallowing difficulties with breast or bottle
o Reflux, vomiting or other gastrointestinal disorders that cause swallowing disorders
o Aspiration of liquids
o Neuromotor Involvement with respiration
o Delayed self-feeding with hands or utensils
o Alternative means of nutrition; naso or gastro-intestinal tube
o Oral motor dysfunction
o Traumatic brain injury
o Cleft palate
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