Pediatric Feeding Program - North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat

feeding disorder is diagnosed when a child fails to maintain adequate nutrition due to inability or refusal to eat.

Mealtime difficulties have been estimated to occur in 1 of 4 normally developing children and in 1 of 3 individuals with developmental disorders.

Feeding problems may range from mild (missing some meals) to severe (failure to thrive).

We understand how hard it is for families when their child doesn’t eat as they feel he or she should. Sometimes there is a clearly understood reason for his/her eating pattern, but frequently family members don’t fully understand why their child won’t eat.

Our Goal in the Pediatric Feeding Program

Communicating and working closely with your pediatrician or pediatric specialists insurescoordinated care for your child.

AT NCEENT we provide individualized assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders for infants and children who currently have feeding difficulties or are at risk for feeding problems.

Our goal is to help children overcome their feeding issues and develop proper feeding skills and nutritional habits so that additional health problems can be avoided.

Our Therapists are experienced in assisting children and their families intransitioning from non-oral to oral feedings as well as helping children develop developmentally appropriate feeding skills while decreasing aversions.

What Can I Expect at the Assessment?

  • A complete review of medical history
  • A full review of progression of feeding skills to date, and strategies already attempted
  • Assessment of your child’s oral-motor and eating skills
  • Assessment of your child’s reaction to food type and textures
  • Assessment of your child’s sensory needs
  • Assessment of your child’s self-feeding skills
  • Assessment of your child’s positioning
  • Thorough explanation of findings
  • Interactive goal development for intervention
  • Referral information for you and your pediatrician to other specialists if indicated

What Do I Need to Bring to An Evaluation?

  • Bring food and drink items that your child likes, and those with which that he has difficulty.
  • Bring a variety of food textures (smooth, mixed textures, crunchy) and flavors if appropriate.
  • Bring the utensils your child uses for eating (bottle, nipples, spoons, forks, bowls, etc).
  • Bring information from previous feeding interventionists if appropriate.
  • Bring a 3 day food diary to review.

Food Diary Food Diary (117 KB)