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FEEDING/SWALLOWING THERAPY
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Laskin Therapy Group addresses a variety of Feeding/Swallowing issues utilizing a myriad of techniques and therapies. Our Feeding/Swallowing Therapy is comprised of both traditional and innovative therapy techniques. The skilled therapists at LTG utilize compensatory strategies to help ensure successful feeding/swallowing and facilitative strategies to promote and/or develop normal feeding/swallowing skills.

Dysphagia, or problems with swallowing function, is a difficulty found in many patient populations. The difficulties with swallowing function can occur in the mouth, the throat, and/or the esophagus. As many as 15 million Americans, including children, suffer from dysphagia, with 1 million new patients diagnosed annually.

The primary goals of dysphagia therapy are to promote adequate nutrition/hydration and develop age-appropriate feeding/swallowing skills. Therapy is customized to meet the individual needs of each child. To ensure adequate training, therapists work closely with the child's caregivers to provide education for the development of the child within his or her family system.

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD), or tongue thrust, is a problem where the tip of the tongue protrudes against or between the front teeth or the middle of the tongue bulges too forcefully against the side teeth during swallowing or when at rest, The result of these atypical swallowing patterns can be speech sound disorders, malocclusion, mouth breathing, and/or tempo-mandibular joint dysfunction/pain. The experienced therapists at LTG utilize techniques designed to correct tongue placement during speech, swallowing and when at rest, along with exercises to develop correct lip posture.

Feeding Aversions: Children with feeding aversions often limit their diets to a small variety of foods. They often refuse food that is not in their diet or gag when they do try it. Sometimes just the smell of foods they donít eat will upset them. This can greatly affect their nutrition when they arenít getting all the vitamins and minerals they need to grow. Occupational therapists work with the children, parents and other medical personnel to help the child eat new foods. We also help the parents make meal times at home less stressful for the child and the parents.

Occupational Therapy

Feeding/Swallowing Therapy

Augmentative/Alternative Therapy 

Speech/Language Pathology

Physical Therapy

 

 

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