Children often have difficulty with feeding and/or swallowing. For some children it is a sensory issue. They may not like the texture of a specific food or they may be very rigid in what they are willing to try. Other children have oral motor deficits that result in difficulty sucking or chewing well. Children with poor oral motor skills and / or swallowing deficits are at significant risk for aspiration.
Our team is able to evaluate and treat feeding and swallowing disorders. Our SLPs are trained in Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). NMES is used to aid muscle strengthening and muscle recruitment to rehabilitate the swallow.
Safe and efficient feeding and swallowing skills are important to allow children to meet their nutritional requirements as they grow. Eating with family and friends is also an important social activity.