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Feeding & Oral-Motor Clinic

Feeding & Oral-Motor Clinic is dedicated to provide specialized, personal, and professional care to patients of all ages with swallowing, oral-motor, and feeding difficulties.
Kids Feeding and Oral-motor Clinic
When to refer my child to feeding clinic?
I would refer my child to feeding clinic if has one or more of these symptoms:
- Weak sucking, difficulty nursing or taking a bottle.
- Picky eating, the child would rather stick to few meals that are easy for him to eat.
- Inappropriate mealtime behavior.
- Choking, gagging, or vomiting when eating.
- Taking too long time to eat.
- Drooling.
- Inability to self-feed him/herself.

We offer diagnosis and treatment for children with:
• Feeding disorders.
• Behavior-related feeding issues.
• Oral-sensory-motor problems.
• Swallowing problems.
• Children with motor disabilities e.g. CP and Down Syndrome kids

Program includes:
• Assessment of feeding problems to clarify the underlining causes weather it's motor, sensory or behavioral difficulties.
• Exercises to improve, strength, range of motion and motor planning of weak facial as well as oral motor muscles.
• Strategies to improve the effectiveness and safety of swallowing
• Development of a behavioral treatment plan.

- Goals are individualized for each child, but it may include:
• Improving quality of oral feeding.
• Increasing the variety of foods and textures accepted.
• Decreasing meal-time behavior problems.

- Feeding outcomes:
Safe feeding practices, normalization of mealtime patterns and oral feeding in the long term for non-oral children.
Adults Dysphagia Clinic
Dysphagia (swallowing disorder) is a difficulty, or partial inability to swallow as a result of injury to the parts of the brain that control the muscles involved in swallowing, or the muscles or nerves that control swallowing.
Causes of Dysphagia:
- Stroke.
- Cranial nerve injuries.
- Aging.
- TIA (mini-stroke).
- Parkinson’s disease.
- Head injury
- Head and neck cancer
- Multiple Sclerosis

Patient would be referred to Dysphagia clinic if he has any of these symptoms:
- Coughing during or right after eating or drinking.
- Wet or gurgle sounding voice during or after eating or drinking
- Extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow
- Food or liquid leaking from the mouth or getting stuck in the mouth
- Recurring pneumonia or chest congestion after eating.
- Weight loss or dehydration from not being able to eat enough.
Treatment strategies may include:
- Changing the consistency of food and liquids
- Exercises to improve strength, range of motion, or coordination of weak facial or swallowing muscles
- Modification of body position during and after meals
- Strategies to improve the effectiveness and safety of swallowing
- Adjustment to the rate, volume and method of eating or drinking
Goals are individualized for each patient, but the Long Term Goal is:
Patient will acquire safe and efficient oral intake of liquids and modified solid consistencies.