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Feeding Therapy

A pediatric feeding disorder is a condition in which a child is unable or unwilling to take in enough nutrients to stay healthy. Feeding disorders are common in children. Some 25% of healthy kids have a feeding disorder. That number jumps to 80% in developmentally delayed children.

At Play Works, we work closely with both you and your primary care provider so that everyone involved has the information they need to create the best outcomes for your child.


Several factors may contribute to feeding disorders. They include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal motility disorders
  • Palate defects
  • Failure to thrive
  • Delayed exposure to certain foods
  • Premature birth
  • Behavioral issues
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Food allergies


Symptoms of a feeding disorder may include:

  • Arching the back while feeding
  • Choking or gagging during meals
  • Refusing to eat certain types of food
  • Throwing tantrums during mealtimes
  • Vomiting