Feeding, Swallowing, Drooling
Speech and Language Therapists will see infants and children who have eating, drinking and/or swallowing problems (dysphagia). This might be as a result of physical or mechanical feeding difficulties and there is a higher incidence of swallowing difficulties with people with learning difficulties.
Once your child has been seen by a Speech and Language Therapist, they will make make recommendations to support your child’s eating and drinking. These recommendations may include: messy food play; texture development; positioning of your child or the use of different utensils or ways of feeding.
Please note that we do not provide a service to children or young people who:
- Present with feeding difficulties as a result of sensory and/or behavioural issues affecting their eating and drinking.
- Are ‘fussy’ eaters
- Refuse to eat lumpy/chewy foods
- Generally refuse to eat