Feeding and Swallowing Therapy

Feeding and Swallowing Therapy

Theralympic Speech speech-language pathologists can evaluate, treat, and provide consultations for people with feeding and swallowing challenges. We look at each patient’s oral feeding skills, provide education, and offer strategies to promote safe eating and drinking.

Some Signs/Symptoms

Arches back or stiffens when eating
Cries/fusses when feeding
Falls asleep during feeding
Has trouble breathing while eating or drinking
Refusing to eat or drink
Eats only certain types of textured foods
Coughs or gags during meals
Drools alot
Has trouble chewing
Takes a long time to eat
Gets stuffy during meals
Spits up or throws up alot
Not gaining any weight or growing

Possible Causes

Nervous system disorders
Reflux or other stomach problems
Being premature
Having a low birth weight
Heart disease
Cleft lip or palate problem
Breathing problems, like asthma
Head and neck injury
Muscle weakness in face or neck
Medicines that makes one sleepy or not hungry
Sensory issues
Behavioral problems

Testing for Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

Talk to your doctor if you think you or your child has a feeding or swallowing problem. Your doctor can test for medical problems, growth, and weight. A pathologist who knows about feeding and swallowing can look at how you or your child eats and drinks during our evaluation.

(631) 240-3579