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Palmetto Health Children's Hospital

7 Richland Medical Park Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203

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Feeding Program

Feeding can be a very frustrating activity for many families and children

Our feeding therapy is provided by either a speech language pathologist or an occupational therapist that will create an individualized plan for a child’s success. Available for children of all ages.

Our team will provide support and help in the following areas:

  • Texture aversion/severe restriction of food types
  • Mealtime behavior challenges/refusals
  • Oral motor weakness/issues
  • Limited intake/refusals of foods/liquids
  • Picky eaters
  • Patients transitioning off of the bottle to cup/straw
  • Patients transitioning from stage 2 to stage 3/table foods
  • Difficulty or inability to safely swallow foods/liquids
  • Gagging/vomiting
  • Becoming a more independent feeder
  • Slow or poor weight gain
  • Developmental delays/disorders/syndromes that can cause underlying feeding difficulties
  • Medical diagnoses related to eating difficulties
  • Provide age appropriate feeding/drinking skills
  • Patients who have not done well on or failed a modified barium swallow study (videofluoroscopy study)

Each child’s progress is measured by (specific to each child):

  • Weight gain
  • Transition
  • Increasing food intake
  • Increasing food variety
  • Eat/drink safely

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