specialized feeding

Specialized Feeding

As the only pediatric specialty hospital in New York State, Blythedale Children’s Hospital has the ability to evaluate and treat complex feeding difficulties in children with a team of pediatric specialists who work exclusively with medically fragile children.

Why Blythedale...

Blythedale has extensive experience in enteral feeding, weaning infants and children from supplemental tube feeding (naso-gastric, gastrostomy, and jejunostomy), and decreasing dependence on tube feedings.

  • Inpatient
  • Long Term Care
  • Outpatient
  • Day Hospital

Children referred to Blythedale for Therapeutic Feeding have wide-ranging conditions including prematurity, short-gut syndrome, brain injury, oral-motor dysfunction, aversion behaviors, cognitive deficits or post-surgical complications. 

Services for these children include evaluations for both inpatients and outpatients and individualized therapy programs. Blythedale also has a specialized preschool developmental program and school-age program for children who can eat but don't due to a variety of causes.

Blythdale’s multidisciplinary approach not only incorporates each child’s complex medical and developmental needs, but also addresses behavioral and oral-motor feeding issues, in order to customize a nutritional plan to maximize growth and development.

 

 

Specialized Feeding Team

This team, composed of Pediatricians, Neonatologists, Pediatric Feeding Therapists, Psychologists, Rehabilitation Nurses and Dieticians, works collaboratively with each child and family to provide a comprehensive treatment plan.

Behind the Scenes: Intensive Feeding Classroom

Here's a behind the scenes look at Blythedale Children's Hospital's intensive feeding classroom where therapists work to promote developmentally appropriate skills for our pediatric patients.

feeding therapy

The most important thing is for the parent to be able to do the same thing as we are because they are the primary feeder. We are basically a conduit to their independence.

- Anne Checchi, Assistant Director of Speech Pathology and Audiology