501 South Rancho Dr., Suite D25
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Feeding & Swallowing

Treatment for Feeding & Swallowing Disorders

A comprehensive evaluation of feeding and swallowing will be completed to determine the exact nature of the problem.  This may include:

    Clinical Feeding and Swallowing Evaluation:

This includes an examination of the oral musculature (i.e. how the muscles in the face and mouth are working) and an observation of feeding and swallowing with all age appropriate textures and foods.  If swallowing dysfunction is suspected a modified barium swallow study (MBS) may be recommended.

    Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBS):

This is an evaluation of the swallowing mechanism that is completed with X-ray.  It allows direct visualization of the swallowing anatomy.  This test allows assessment of aspiration or risk of aspiration.

Therapy Programs:

All treatment programs are developed for each individual and are based on the specific problems identified during the evaluation.  We include all caregivers in the treatment process as this allows for greater follow through in the home. 


Origins of Swallowing Problems (Dysphagia)

  • Stroke/CVA
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Oral/Laryngeal Cancer
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER)
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Origins of Feeding Disorders

Sometimes children will refuse to eat solid foods or they won't eat enough food to ensure growth.  There are many possible reasons for this including:   
  • behavioral based
  • sensory based
  • GER
  • Dysphagia
  • Respiratory diagnoses that interfere with ability to coordination swallowing and breathing
  • Cardiac diagnoses that impact endurance
  • Inappropriate transition or failure to transition to solids at age appropriate and critical periods
  • Children with a history of repeated hospitalizations or medical complications

Signs that your or your child may be experiencing swallowing problems:

  • coughing or choking while eating or drinking
  • wet or gurgly vocal quality while eating or drinking
  • wet or noisy breathing during or after eating
  • chronic upper respiratory infections or pneumonia
  • chronic wheezing
  • refusal to eat or drink certain foods or liquids