Swallowing / Feeding Disorder

Swallowing disorders, also commonly referred to as Dysphagia,
can result from decreased function of the oral, pharyngeal or
esophageal structures. Feeding disorders on the other hand,
often occur concurrently or as the result of a swallowing disorder.
For example, a child who was fed via a feeding tube may be
orally averse and therefore present with a feeding disorder.

Swallowing / Feeding Disorder

How we can help

Swallowing disorders can be identified and treated by a Speech ­Language Pathologist. Treatment may include altering food or liquid consistencies, proper positioning, improving muscle strength, tone, and coordination, and teaching compensatory strategies. Feeding disorders can be diagnosed and treated by a Speech-Language Pathologist. Treatment will focus on identifying the cause of the disorder, developing a plan to address both behavioural and physical concomitants, and educating the family and caregivers.

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