About the Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center

little girl picking up food

Feeding and swallowing problems (dysphagia) are extremely complex and surprisingly common in children. Approximately 25 percent of children admitted to a hospital have some type of growth or feeding problem. Without appropriate treatment, these disorders can have lasting effects on a child's physical and emotional development.

Feeding difficulties can be caused by behavioral problems, developmental issues and a wide range of medical conditions. Our center serves children with such medical diagnoses such as:

Our services

The Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center offers outpatient clinic services and a day treatment program. Inpatient hospitalization is available for children who require complex medical management. You and your child will move through the continuum of care based on your child's individual needs, and we place special emphasis on educating you and your family members so you can participate fully in your child's treatment.

They set us up for success. Our daughter no longer sees mealtimes as threatening, and is able to interact with food in a positive way. Our experience with CHOP was truly a life-changing one."

Vision

The vision of the Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center at CHOP is to be leaders in patient and family care, education, advocacy, and research.  We strive to facilitate access to appropriate services for children with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders and their families. We aspire to advance the field through our educational, advocacy, community outreach and clinical endeavors.

Mission

The mission of the Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center at CHOP is to be a leader in the provision of multidisciplinary care for children with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders and their families. We provide comprehensive and innovative high quality, family-centered assessment and intervention services to empower our families. We integrate education, advocacy, research, and continuous quality improvement into our care model.


Next Steps
Initial Appointments
Questions/Concerns/Follow-Up Appointments