There is more to eating than just putting food in your mouth, chewing, and swallowing. Some children, or even adults, may have difficulty with these skills. Some children may not even want to try a new food! Children with feeding disorders may have problems in one of three phases of swallowing: the oral phase, the pharyngeal phase, or the esophageal phase. Some signs of feeding or swallowing disorders include: refusing to eat or drink, gagging during meal time, trouble chewing, or even not gaining weight.
At the Speech Language Place, we pride ourselves in being able to help your child learn how to eat and try new foods. Our therapists work with children and help them to understand that food is not scary. We use fun methods of teaching to help children learn about new foods and learn how to chew and swallow properly.