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  • Speech Pathology
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    336-716-3103

  • Additional Information

    We accept referrals from parents, physician offices, behavioral health programs and local school programs. In-house (inpatient) patients are seen upon physician consult. Appointments for outpatient testing are scheduled throughout the week in a variety of time slots.



Inpatient Feeding and Swallowing Therapy & Treatment

Our highly trained speech-language pathologists work closely with each patient and family to develop a customized care approach to improve feeding and swallowing function. Although therapy is most often done on an inpatient basis, we also treat children who have long-standing swallowing or behavioral feeding disorders through our Kids EAT program. We see in-house patients as frequently as possible during their stay and often provide parents with a self-led program, used in combination with therapy to speech and enhance results.

Feeding and Swallowing Therapies                   Inpatient treatment- 250px

Feeding and swallowing therapies vary, depending on the child's age and specific health condition. Our speech-language pathologists may: 

  • Help determine the best positioning for feeding your infant or child
  • Recommend feeding techniques to improve the quality of feeding by breast or bottle
  • Work together with the medical team to establish feeding schedules that support the health of the baby
  • Conduct oral and pharyngeal strengthening massage and exercises that focus on improving response, strength, timing, and coordination of the muscles of the mouth, tongue and throat
  • Use VitalStim® Therapy - Small electrodes are placed under the child's chin and deliver an electrical current to stimulate the muscles in the neck area. This is performed with traditional swallowing exercises. This is pain-free.
  • Use thermal/taste stimulation - cold and/or flavored foods (such as lemon flavored swabs, ice chips or popsicles) are given to the patient in effort to create a swallow response. This is performed with traditional swallowing exercises. 

Therapy takes time and commitment, but is essential in improving feeding and swallowing function and quality of life. Our speech-language pathologists are very involved with the continuum of care for your child and will participate in discharge recommendations for follow-up care, working closely with neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, lactation consultants, social workers, and occupational and physical therapists, as appropriate. 

Learn about pediatric outpatient feeding therapy at Brenner Children's Hospital. 

  • Speech Pathology
  • Appointments

    336-716-3103

  • Additional Information

    We accept referrals from parents, physician offices, behavioral health programs and local school programs. In-house (inpatient) patients are seen upon physician consult. Appointments for outpatient testing are scheduled throughout the week in a variety of time slots.