Nemours Children's pediatric speech-language pathologists (also sometimes called "speech and language therapists”) evaluate, treat and provide consultations for children with feeding and swallowing challenges. We look at kids’ oral feeding skills, provide family education, and offer strategies to promote safe eating and drinking.
Our speech and language therapists are trained in managing kids’ communication and swallowing problems. Children might be candidates for feeding evaluation and therapy if they:
We see a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending upon the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.
Speech and language therapists are the first line of specialists to see children for problems with feeding and/or swallowing. Sometimes, occupational therapists (OTs) can help too. Depending on what we find, we may be able to diagnose and treat the condition. Services for diagnosis and treatment may include:
Depending on each child’s condition, care may include specific studies and treatments such as:
At Nemours, your child benefits from a team approach to care that, depending on the condition diagnosed, may include board-certified pediatric surgeons, gastroenterologists, otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists), occupational therapists, nutritionists and psychologists — all specifically trained in child-friendly care. We work together to help kids:
Depending upon the location you visit, our programs and services may include:
Our speech and language therapists offer feeding and swallowing therapy at Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville and select satellite locations. Our services are provided through the Division of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat/ENT) — a recognized leader in providing state-of-the-art ENT programs for kids.
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