What feeding issues might require therapy?
Feeding and swallowing issues that can benefit from therapy:
- Oral Phase – sucking, chewing, and moving food or liquid into the throat
- Pharyngeal Phase – starting of the swallowing reflex, squeezing food down the throat, and closing off the airway to prevent choking.
- Esophageal phase – squeezing food through the esophagus into the stomach
If your child exhibits feeding difficulties, it would be helpful to evaluate your child to determine the severity of the difficulty and whether feeding therapy may be beneficial.