Welcome to Assential Therapies feeding clinic. We are a unique practice that looks at feeding problems not as an isolated problem with the mouth and swallowing, but as a failure of a multi-system interaction which is necessary for a successful eating experience. Eating is a complex function of the human body that involves a multisystem interaction. Feeding issues not only take a toll on the child but on the entire family. Often parents ask what feeding treatment approach we use. Years of experience of treating children with feeding problems have taught us that it is not a specific treatment approach that leads to a successful feeding outcome, but it is an accurate assessment of where the systemic breakdown is and a plan for addressing those breakdowns.
Our mission is for our patients and families to experience the joy of eating and the ability to participate in meaningful meal times by establishing swallow safety and promote oral nutrition.
SATELLITE LOCATIONS FOR FEEDING THERAPY
Feeding Services are also available at the following locations limited days of the week:
Children’s Gastroenterology Specialists (Therapy Services available on Wednesdays) 3633 West Lake Ave, Suite 103 Glenview, IL 60026
Elm Street Pediatrics (Therapy services available on Mondays, beginning February 1st, 2020) 572B Lincoln Ave Winnetka, IL 60093
For scheduling appointments at our satellite locations, please call 847-699-9757.
INFANT FEEDING PROGRAM (birth-7 months)
This program is designed for young infants experiencing feeding difficulties. Your infant may be getting discharged from the NICU and is in the need of feeding support. The infant feeding program includes a speech pathologist specializing in feeding and a physical therapist working together to evaluate young infants. Successful oral skills development is dependent on the overall motor development of the infant. Successful oral feeding is achieved with collaborative work between a speech feeding therapist and a physical/occupational therapist. Oral skill development is dependent on the overall motor development of a child.
Who benefits from this program?
Difficulty nursing/bottle feeding
Difficulty transitioning from breast to bottle
Difficulty gaining weight
Infants getting discharged from NICU
Infants with feeding tubes
BABIES AND CHILDREN WITH DIFFICULTY TRANSITION TO SOLIDS
Picky eaters/sensory behavioral feeding disorders
FEEDING THERAPY FOR ALLERGIC GI CONDITIONS Including:
EOE, FPIES, Allergic Colitis, Celiac disease, Crohn’s Disease