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Madison, WI 53715

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Feeding & Swallowing Therapy

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. If this happens you may be asked to bring food. 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 significant 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. You will be able to be in the room with your child during the swallowing study.

Case Management

A Case Manager is available to work with our team as well as families to offer services in the following areas:

  • Problem solving
  • Advocacy
  • Resource Referral

Some ideas of what our Case Manager may be able to help you with include:

  • Recreational opportunities for your child
  • Funding sources to help pay for extra costs relating to your child's special needs
  • Help with obtaining housing, clothing, food, and telephone
  • Finding medical specialists to work with your child
  • Transportation
  • Meeting another family with a child who has similar needs to your child
  • Social opportunities for your child to be with other children
  • Respite care
  • Finding a parent support group
  • Coordination in working with other agencies in the community
  • Sharing concerns and problem solving about your child and family

Please let your therapist know if you'd like to schedule a meeting with our Case Manager.