Kids EAT Outpatient Feeding Therapy and Treatment
Through our special outpatient feeding program, called Kids EAT, we provide evaluation and treatment for infants and children with growth, swallowing or behavioral feeding disorders. The multidisciplinary clinic includes a speech-language pathologist, neurodevelopmental pediatrician, occupational therapist and dietitian. Working together, they provide care and therapy for patients who have difficulties with diet, oral intake or need guidance weaning from tube feedings.
Treatment may include weekly therapy visits, monthly monitoring or consultative visits. Families will also be given strategies to implement in their home environment.
Children that use the program usually have one or more of the following feeding problems:
- Limited or poor oral intake
- Food refusal
- Slow or inadequate weight gain/failure to thrive
- Problems tolerating tube feedings
- Suspected or known aspiration or difficulty protecting airway
- Sensory problems (negatively affecting feeding or mealtimes)
- Swallowing and chewing difficulties
- Lack of texture advancement
Kids EAT Team
The Kids EAT team is headed by Dr. Mary Christiaanse, a developmental pediatrician at Brenner Children's Hospital who specializes in child development and developmental disabilities. Other team members include a:
A speech-language pathologist evaluates the child's overall oral-motor skills, oral sensory component and swallowing safety. A modified barium swallow (MBS) study or pharyngeal function evaluation may be done to assess oral and pharyngeal stages of the swallow. This radiographic study examines all structures involved in swallowing and evaluates how food moves from the mouth to the esophagus.
A registered dietitian assesses the child's growth history, current nutritional status and adequacy of feedings.
An occupational therapist evaluates positioning and self-feeding ability affecting mealtime. The therapist may also assess the oral-sensory or oral motor component of the feeding.
Kids EAT Locations
The Kids EAT clinic is open on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Monday clinic includes a development pediatrician, speech-language pathologist and dietitian and is located at:
Medical Plaza - Miller (formerly CompRehab Plaza), 2nd Floor
131 Miller Street
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
The Tuesday clinic includes a developmental pediatrician and occupational therapist and is located at:
3325 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Please contact 336-713-7429 for more information.