What is the Craniofacial Feeding Management Team?
The Craniofacial Feeding Management Team includes craniofacial pediatricians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech pathologists.
The team consults as needed with other Craniofacial Center team members such as maxillofacial surgeons, plastic surgeons and otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists) to provide the medical expertise for the evaluation and management of a broad range of feeding problems.
How much experience do you have with feeding management?
Members of the Craniofacial Center and the Feeding Management Team have extensive experience in managing the feeding disorders of children with craniofacial conditions.
Our center has provided this service for more than 30 years.
Who gets a feeding evaluation?
All children seen in the Craniofacial Center are evaluated for feeding difficulties by their craniofacial pediatrician and nurses. If a concern is raised, the appropriate team members will be consulted.
The consult may be as simple as education by a nurse or nurse practitioner. More complex cases may involve clinical feeding evaluations by our occupational therapists or a videofluoroscopic swallowing study.
This study is a diagnostic procedure done under a moving X-ray (fluoroscopy) to better understand the swallowing process and mechanism. The study is done by a speech pathologist.