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EAT

Feeding & Swallowing

We help your child enjoy an age-appropriate diet without all the drama.

Did You Know?

• We treat all ages
• Infants and children do not often “outgrow” feeding problems
• It’s never too late for your child to start feeding and swallowing therapy
• Feeding difficulties are often the first sign of developmental challenges
• Speech pathologists have an advantage over other therapists for treating feeding and swallowing issues

What We Look For

Infants

• Weak latch
• Disorganized suck
• Excessively long feeds
• Slow/poor weight gain
• Vomiting
• Coughing and choking
• Bottle aversions

Toddlers

• Gagging on or rejecting table foods
• Poor chewing
• Slow/poor weight gain
• Difficulty weaning from breast/bottle
• Coughing and choking
• Texture aversions

Big Kids

• Picky Eaters
• Restricted diet/ARFID
• Gagging
• Anxiety surrounding mealtimes
• Poor chewing
• Messy eating
• Texture aversions

Signs Of Feeding & Swallowing Issues Across All Ages:

• Poor weight gain
• Taking longer than 30-mintues to eat
• Coughing, choking, gagging
• Diet limited to a restricted number of foods

We are skilled at treating children with a variety of coexisting conditions

Neurological conditions (cerebral palsy, encephalopathy)

Prematurity

Structural differences (cleft lip/palate, tethered oral tissues, maxillofacial differences)

Difficulties with parent-child mealtime dynamics

Gastrointestinal conditions (reflux, esophageal atresia, motility disorders)

Cardiac disease

Respiratory and airway conditions (tracheostomy)

Enteral feeding/transitioning to oral feeding


Success Stories

  • Faye has been our Olivia’s feeding therapist for over 2 years! We have witnessed important milestones thanks to Faye’s persistence, experience, patience and passion for what she does! Thank you, Faye!!
    Joon Lee – Parent 

  • I brought my son to Stacy after the pediatrician finally became concerned with his swallowing, tongue control and inability to even try purees at 14 months old. Stacy and her staff were welcoming and comforting for this nervous first time Mom. My son loved going to see his friends at Bright Beginnings! I would come with our nanny and sit in the kitchen and watched my son slowly but surely start to take spoonsful of all sorts of different textures of food. Stacy was great about giving me food options to try and breaking down a daily food schedule for my son. After only 3 months of regular visits he is eating all sorts of foods with no problem, he loves eating and it is a positive enjoyable experience and I owe that to his time at Bright Beginnings!
    Norah S. – Parent 

  • Our little son had feeding problems as a result of his hypotonia. Feedings were exceedingly difficult that would end in tears for both mom and baby. Stacey’s help and suggestions were invaluable. She is wonderful and so responsive to all questions we’ve had along the way. Our son has been feeding amazingly and has steadily been putting on weight. We’re so grateful!
    John, Marissa and Otto


Our Comprehensive Evaluation

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Our comprehensive evaluation covers these three key areas in feeding:
Sensory

How the mouth processes taste, temperature and texture.

Motor

How the muscles in the mouth and movement patterns support chewing and swallowing.

Behavioral

The child’s attitude towards food and eating, and how the caregiver-child dynamic impacts mealtime success.

What To Expect

Each evaluation takes one-hour. Expect to receive a personalized report and treatment plan within 2-weeks after the evaluation.

INFANTS

Your baby will be observed during a typical feeding (breast and/or bottle) and may be fed by both the clinician and the primary caregiver.

OLDER BABIES & CHILDREN

You and your child will be observed during a mealtime experience. Additionally, we will observe your child’s performance when presented with foods of various consistencies.


Treatments and Therapy

We have an ever-growing toolbox of approaches and include Get Permission, SOS, VitalStim, food chaining, chewing development, and more.

Therapy Sessions:

Treatment sessions are one-on-one with the feeding therapist, and last 25- to 50-minutes. We typically recommended 1- to 2-sessions per week.

Parents are encouraged to participate in treatment sessions (as your child tolerates) in order to learn how to promote new skills at home.

We work in tandem with other professionals, such as pediatricians, gastroenterologists, nutritionists, dentists, otolaryngologists, and mental health specialists to address the needs of the whole child.

Progress and milestones:

Progress is assessed after each session, and success is measured by how well the child uses these new skills at home, and outside the clinic environment.

GET STARTED

Schedule an evaluation for your child.
We are taking new clients.

(323) 525-0247info@brightbeginningsla.com
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