Feeding and Swallowing Disorder


Infants and children with feeding and swallowing disorders have difficulty eating and drinking normally or safely. Pediatric feeding disorders include problems with sucking, eating from a spoon, chewing, or drinking from a cup. Swallowing disorders, also called dysphagia, are difficulties moving food or liquid from the mouth, throat, or esophagus to the stomach. 

What Can Feeding and Swallowing Disorders Look Like?

Feeding and swallowing difficulties look different for everyone and can present at any age. Some common signs and symptoms in children that could indicate intervention is needed include:


Coughing frequently during mealtime


Picky eating (e.g., less than 20 foods)


Not meeting nutritional needs (e.g., losing weight)


Fear or anxiety related to feeding

While there may not be a known underlying medical condition, sometimes feeding and swallowing difficulties develop from issues such as gastroesophageal reflux, allergies, or pulmonary disease. Other children may have poor oral motor skills that make it difficult to chew or swallow food.


Difficulty chewing foods


Refusal to try new foods or textures


Negative mealtime behaviors


Gagging, choking, or vomiting

speech language pathologist supports student with tongue tie

How Can Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center (ETLC) Help?

Feeding and swallowing therapy uses evidence-based techniques to improve oral motor weakness and coordination as well as sensory input needs designed to help children have a safe and efficient swallow and tolerate a variety of textures. Our therapy involves individualized evaluation and treatment focused on the overall improvement of mealtime experiences and the expansion of the child’s food repertoire. We work with families to decrease the stress related to feeding, creating a positive feeding experience for all.

How Do I Get Started?

1. Schedule a consultation

2. Receive an individualized plan

3. Watch your child thrive

Why Choose Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center?

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center provides an individualized program to target the skills that can help bridge the gap between frustration and success. We know feeding and swallowing deficits can impact a healthy lifestyle. We believe every child deserves to thrive, and we know you want that too. Our specialists are trained in many research-based programs and strategies to create a plan specific to your child and their unique learning style. Together, we can help your child feel confident and successful!