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