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Feeding & Swallowing Therapy

Feeding & Swallowing Therapy

Scheduling an Appointment for Therapy To schedule an appointment, call (608) 417-6173. Our hours of service are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Limited appointments are available after 4:30 p.m. for families with unique needs. If you are unable to attend please give us 24 hours notice. A physician's referral is required for most services.

A feeding or swallowing assessment typically begins with a clinic appointment with a speech-language therapist. During this session, the therapist reviews the child's medical, developmental and feeding histories with the parent. An oral exam and feeding observation may be conducted. Depending on the nature of the feeding problem, the therapist may suggest techniques to use at home, therapy or further testing.

If the child's doctor prescribes a more detailed swallow assessment a Modified Barium Swallow Test will be performed. Modified Barium Swallow Studies are recommended for infants or children in order to identify any swallowing problems and to rule out aspiration (when food or liquids enter the airway instead of the esophagus, the part of the throat that leads to the stomach).

During a Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS), moving X-rays are used to take pictures of a child's swallow. An MBSS helps the therapist to determine which foods a child can swallow safely.