Pediatric Feeding Support Services - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Pediatric Feeding Support Services

Program goal

The goal of Feeding Support Services is to determine why your child has difficulty eating by mouth or gaining weight and develop a strategy to overcome these issues.

Because eating problems are often complex, Feeding Support Services helps families identify whether a child’s difficulties are physical, behavioral or sensory in nature.

Our patients

Children visit Feeding Support Services with a variety of diagnoses that challenge their feeding and growth. These can include:

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Developmental delay

  • Down Syndrome

  • Prolonged g-tube feedings

  • Sensory aversions

  • Spina Bifida

  • Tracheostomy

  • Visual and/or hearing impairments

Feeding Support Services treats patients up to 21 years old. While we are geared to helping children with serious eating difficulties, we can also recommend appropriate community resources for parents who are concerned about "picky eaters."

Our staff

Feeding Support Services staff is comprised of pediatric specialists from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Together we develop a plan to improve your child's eating skills and maintain healthy growth. We may recommend the use of diagnostic technologies, such as videofluoroscopy and other radiographic studies.

Contacting feeding support services

We are located on the 3rd floor of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at 345 E. Superior Street, in Chicago. For more information, please call 312-238-1149.

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