At Wolfson's Little Bites Feeding Program, we understand the special needs of families and children with feeding and swallowing problems. Our goal is to assess the feeding or swallowing problems a child exhibits, develop a comprehensive, child-specific program designed to overcome these issues, and foster the progression of developmental feeding milestones and nutrition. Because feeding problems can be complex, we combine the expertise of a number of professionals including physicians, nutritionists, behavioral specialists, occupational therapist, and speech-language pathologist.
The Little Bites Feeding Program aims to educate and empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge and techniques which will transition to the child's natural environment. We promote positive experiences at the dinner table that are safe, nutritious and nurturing.
Please call us if your child is experiencing:
Difficult mealtime behaviors
- Increased crying, irritability or fussiness
- Difficulty drinking from a bottle or cup
- Refusal to eat/drink or picky eating habits
- Overstuffs mouth with food, pockets food in cheeks or lets food rest on tongue
Food or swallowing phobias
- Refusal to allow food on hands; does not enjoy any textures on hands or face
- Hyper/Hyposensitive response to oral stimulation or presentation of food
- Poor nutritional status, weight gain and growth
- Poor suck, swallow, breathing coordination
- Increased congestion, choking, gagging, coughing and vomiting during feeding
- Frequent upper respiratory illnesses (infections, asthma, pneumonia)
- Decreased ability to manage food/liquid orally (spillage from mouth, leaking from nose)
- Difficulty moving between levels of food textures
- Inability to transition from tube to oral feeding
To schedule your child's first appointment at any of our outpatient clinics, please call 904.202.1884. A referral form (PDF), completed by your child's physician, is required.