Feeding & Swallowing Disorders
Families who eat together tend to be healthier and happier. Magpie offers Assessments and Therapy in the area of Feeding/Swallowing difficulties. Please get in touch with us in case you feel that feeding is an area your child needs help with.
We conduct assessments in a manner that is sensitive to the family's cultural background, religious beliefs, and preferences for medical treatment. Families are encouraged to bring food and drink common to their household and utensils/implements typically used by the child; typical feeding practices are observed during assessment (e.g., if the child is typically fed sitting on a parent's lap, then this is observed during the assessment).
Feeding or Swallowing issues can be due to the following reasons:
The Challenge: Sensory-based feeding issues are the underlying factor to most feeding difficulties in children. The combination of food texture, temperature, and taste can be off-putting to kids, and cause frustration. Children usually tend to stick to foods they are familiar with, and soon these foods are the only ones that they will eat.
The Challenge: Oral motor-based feeding problems can be caused by tone and strength issues. Kids need to achieve good gross-motor coordination and movement in their body before they will achieve sufficient oral-motor skills.However, oral-motor difficulties must be dealt with only after sensory issues have been attended to. In the end, good sensory input will result in good oral motor output.
The Challenge: There are many different behaviors that can affect feeding: the child gets Mom’s and Dad’s attention when they don’t eat, or eating is one of only a few things they have control of.
The Challenge: Gastrointestinal, cardiopulmonary and pharmaceutical issues can affect feeding, along with prematurity of birth and visual impairment, when the child simply can’t see what they’re eating.
The Challenge: Family dynamics are one of the hardest feeding difficulties to deal with. Parents and caregivers are the most important and pivotal components in implementing feeding strategies. Many parents tend to feed their kids only foods that the parents enjoy or force feed them or might have unstructured meal times leading to more anxiety for the child.