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.

There are many reasons why a child may present with a feeding disorder, including:

  • 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

Throwing tantrums during mealtimes

Pulling off of the breast/bottle


Choking or gagging during meals


Watery eyes during and after feeds

Specialty Training/Certification

  • IAOM 28 hour training- myofunctional therapy

  • Pediatric Feeding Disorders, Implications for Breast and Bottle

  • Complex Pediatric Feeding Disorders

  • Interpretation of Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies of Infants and Children

  • SOS Approach to Feeding


Refusing to eat certain types of foods

Breast/bottle feeds that extend past 30 min

Restricted repertoire of foods accepted