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Most people aren’t aware of the intimate connection between processing sounds and problems with feeding and swallowing. The development of feeding skills is an extremely complex process influenced by multiple anatomic, neurophysiologic, environmental, social, and cultural factors. Most children negotiate the necessary developmental sequence without significant difficulties.*
However, many children develop feeding and swallowing problems in infancy that can follow an individual throughout life resulting in inadequate nutrition that can affect growth and development.
If you have a child who is having difficulty eating or swallowing you’re probably concerned. You may even be panicked. He’s not getting the nutrition he needs. He is not growing as he should. He’s falling behind. He’s being bullied. And you’re scared your child will never have friends or become a functioning adult. You’ve tried many things but nothing works. Nobody seems to know what you should do.
Listen! The first thing you must understand is this is not your fault…and it’s not your child’s fault, either. It’s not a reflection of your parenting skills. Your child’s intelligence has nothing to do with it, and punishment is not going to help.
Because the cause of feeding and swallowing disorders are very complex and often has physiological roots. By working closely with occupational therapists, pediatricians, dentists, and functional neurologists, the first step is to get to the bottom of what is causing your child’s problems. For example, it could be weak core muscles, a congested airway, neurological issues, or biomedical digestive issues such as an intestinal yeast problem.
Once the causes are discovered, we apply proven methods that will create a sense of calmness in your child. This can include movement, breathing and stretching exercises or music that instills a sense of relaxation. You’ll be given a program that will help you create a calmer internal state for your child at home between therapy sessions.
Many children have what is called a “reverse” swallow condition, which is often discovered by a dentist or orthodontist. We correct reverse swallowing using Swallowing/Myofunctional therapy that can:
At CTS Dallas, we are deeply knowledgeable and highly experienced in feeding and swallowing therapy. Moreover, we instill compassion, patience, and especially fun, into everything we to do to transform lives through speech-language pathology.
So, take a breath and relax. You may have found the miracle you’ve been praying for.