Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
The Feeding and Swallowing Disorders Program at Children's Hospital treats children of all ages with any feeding or swallowing problem. We work closely with your child's medical team, such as specialists in medical nutrition therapy, gastroenterology, pulmonology, otolaryngology, cardiology, occupational therapy and physical therapy. We will address your unique needs.
Appointments for feeding evaluations and therapy require a doctor's order. We will contact you to schedule your appointment. You will receive information about your child's visit and forms to complete by mail.
Conditions We Treat
We treat all conditions related to feeding and swallowing difficulties, including:
- Failure to thrive
- Feeding-tube dependency
- Food/oral aversion
- Oral-motor difficulties
Why Choose the Feeding and Swallowing Disorders Program at Children's Hospital
- Expert care
Licensed speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists perform all services. They have specialized training in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.
- Certified therapists
Our therapists are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). All our therapists are licensed to practice in Tennessee.
- Collaborative care
Our program experts are part of the speech-language pathology staff at Children's Hospital. We partner with the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences.
Tests, Treatments and Services
We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:
- Caregiver training
- Feeding evaluations
- Feeding therapy
- Videofluoroscopic swallow studies