My child has a feeding and swallowing problem. Why was I referred to an SLP?

A speech language pathologist can be an important member of a feeding team if your child has a feeding and swallowing problem. Speech language pathologists learn extensively about dysphagia (difficulty or discomfort in swallowing), and can be trained in how to provide feeding therapy in both adults and pediatrics. SLPs learn extensively about oral anatomy and how to determine any abnormalities. They can see how your child moves his mouth and tongue, watch your child eat, evaluate behavior during meals, and can suggest ways to improve your child’s feeding and swallowing. SLPs are trained in identifying signs of aspiration (accidental breathing in of fluid or food in the lungs), and can help determine an appropriate diet for your child. They can provide prevention information to families of children at risk for pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders as well as to individuals working with those at risk. SLPs participate in decisions regarding the appropriateness of instrumental evaluation procedures, they can recommend a safe swallowing and feeding plan for the child, and they can counsel children and families to prevent complications related to feeding and swallowing disorders. They can also provide exercises to improve and strengthen the muscles involved in feeding and swallowing. SLPs are often important members of the feeding team, which can also include occupational therapists, dieticians, pediatricians, and/or nutritionists. They can help educate other professionals on the needs of children with feeding and swallowing disorders and can advocate the best care for your child, and as well as help you decide other disciplines the child needs referrals for.

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