Our goal at The University of Alabama Speech and Hearing Center is to provide assessment of and therapy for individuals with feeding and swallowing disorders. Therapeutic intervention focuses on the whole child and incorporates parent counseling to aid families in the carryover of treatment strategies to the child’s natural environment of home and school.
The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) defines a feeding or swallowing disorder as including developmentally atypical eating and drinking behaviors, such as not accepting age-appropriate liquids or foods, being unable to use age-appropriate feeding devices and utensils, or being unable to self-feed. ASHA goes on to describe that children with dysphagia may refuse food, accept only a restricted variety or quantity of foods and liquids, or display mealtime behaviors that are inappropriate for his or her age.
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (n.d.). Pediatric Dysphagia. (Practice Portal).
Retrieved 9/13/2016, from http://www.asha.org/Practice-Portal/Clinical-Topics/Pediatric-Dysphagia.