Feeding Disorders

Children may develop disorders of eating and swallowing for a variety of reasons including low muscle tone or weakness, difficulty coordinating muscle movements needed for eating, sensory issues with textures, a history of reflux or physical deformities. It's important to understand and deal with the underlying reasons for the feeding difficulties and work with the child's physician and parents to make sure the needs of the whole child are addressed. 

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