Feeding and swallowing services:

  • Collaborative interdisciplinary assessment for infants/children/youth having difficulty eating
  • Problem solving issues related to poor weight gain, choking and coughing during feeding, and other areas of concern.
  • These therapists work in consultation with the family physician and/or Paediatrician and a dietician as needed to meet the needs of each individual child.
  • A service that can assist if you have concerns for your child in the area of feeding including:
    • Poor oral motor control
    • Limited diet or refusal of many foods
    • Food allergies that limit intake
    • Structural deformities
    • Muscle tone issues and/or positioning difficulties
    • Gastrointestinal issues (reflux)
    • Behavioural/social issues


Feeding and swallowing team

The team consists of an Occupational Therapist, Speech–Language Pathologist, Physiotherapist and a Social Worker with consultation from a physician, Paediatrician and/or dietician


Feeding and swallowing services include:

  • Evaluation of the infant/child’s feeding and swallowing skills.
  • Assessment carried out during a typical feeding time in a natural environment.
  • Ongoing support provided to the family, other caregivers and the primary therapists.
  • Intervention could include individual and group training, parent education


Referral to feeding and swallowing services:

  • Call: One Kids Place: 1-866-626-9100 You will be given a date and time for a full intake from OKP Central Intake service
  • Online: Download the Referral Form and mail or fax to One Kids Place
  • Referrals can be made by a parent/caregiver, family physician, Paediatrician, or third party referrals with parent consent


Feeding and swallowing PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

  • Completion of a pre-assessment referral form is required
  • The child/youth must reside in the District of Nipissing, Muskoka or Parry Sound
  • Children and youth are eligible up to 19 years of age