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.


Feeding Services are also available at the following locations limited days of the week:

  • Lurie Children's (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.

Our programs












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?

Infants experiencing…

  • 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 difficult transitioning to solids

  • Tube Weaning

  • Picky Eaters / Sensory Behavioral Feeding Disorders

  • Feeding therapy for allergic GI Conditions including: EOE, FPIES, Allergic Collitis, Celia disease, Crohn's Disease 

Speech-Language Services

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP)/Speech Therapists (ST) evaluate how children understand language, respond to language, interact, and communicate with others. STs help children learn how to follow directions, use gestures meaningfully, use words and phrases to communicate, answer and ask questions, and use language in a social situation appropriately. Our clinicians address:

  • Late talkers / delayed speech language skills

  • Articulation / phonological issues

  • Speech apraxia

  • Social language / pragmatic issues

  • Autism

  • Non-verbal children (using AAC devices)


Physical Therapy Services

Pediatric Physical Therapists (PTs) evaluate how children move and coordinate their bodies while in motion including: rolling, crawling and creeping, standing, walking, jumping and climbing. Our PTs can help support each child’s motor development, and help families make appropriate choices of adaptive equipment (which may include orthotics, wheelchairs or other seating devices, walkers or other devices to assist with mobility). Our clinicians address:

  • Torticolis

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Down Syndrome

  • Developmental Delay


Occupational Therapy Services

Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OTs) evaluate children’s fine motor skills, self-help skills including feeding, dressing, grooming, and social skills including activity attention, peer relationships, and ability to regulate their emotions and behavior. OTs can help children with self-regulation, participation in the activities of daily living, and maximize their independence. Our clinicians address:

  • Fine motor skills

  • Sensory motor impairments

  • Upper body movement and strength

  • Hand-eye coordination