Feeding Program Levels
The Feeding Program offers a multidisciplinary continuum of care, with day patient and outpatient feeding services designed to address your child's specific needs.
Day Patient Feeding Service
The Day Patient Feeding Program is designed for children with moderate to severe feeding problems who are medically stable and in need of an intensive treatment approach. Therapy is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and typically involves three treatment sessions per day.
The interdisciplinary care team includes specialists in pediatrics, behavioral psychology, nutrition, feeding therapy (specially trained occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists), social work and nursing.
Day patient treatment includes:
- Feeding Therapy. This includes a baseline behavioral feeding assessment; 3 feeding therapy sessions daily at set times, with scheduled play and nap times; and a therapeutic recreation program. You are responsible for your child's care while in the program and should bring all medications, diaper and feeding supplies when needed. You should also make other arrangements for siblings.
- Weekly Meetings. The treatment team and a primary therapist review your child's progress with you, set goals and the date of discharge, and answer any questions you may have.
- Family Training. Family members observe therapy sessions from outside the treatment room. When successful feeding techniques are established, we teach you and other caregivers (teachers, babysitters, grandparents, etc.) to participate in feeding sessions, eventually becoming your child's primary feeder.
- Follow-up Services.
-Phone calls or emails to address any issues
-Coordination with professionals in your area for continuing treatment
for out-of-town patients
Outpatient Feeding Service
The Outpatient Feeding Program typically involves weekly visits for therapy and other services. This level of care is for:
- Less severe feeding problems that can be addressed through family training and do not require the more intense Day Patient Feeding Program
- Continued treatment after completion of the Day Patient Feeding Program
- Monitoring a child's response to treatment when the Day Patient Feeding Program is being considered.
Outpatient feeding therapy is provided by feeding therapists (occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists with special training) along with psychologists, nutritionists and nurse practitioners.
Therapy sessions train family members and other caregivers to manage problematic feeding issues at home. Menu planning is an additional focus; you will be encouraged to bring food from home so your child's therapist can monitor the type and texture of the child's food.
This program is accredited by The Joint Commission as part of an ambulatory survey process.