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December 17th, 2007, 05:19 PM
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Hey everyone... I posted on here for a bit a long time ago, but have mostly just been lurking since then. But my son has now been referred to a feeding clinic, and i was just wondering if any of you have had to go to one of those, and if so what it involved?

Thanks in advance...
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December 18th, 2007, 05:58 AM
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December 18th, 2007, 05:58 AM
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We've been taking Anna to a feeding clinic every 2-3 weeks for a few months now. The way ours is set up, you have a group of different specialists all in one room. The first meeting, we had a GI, a psychologist, a speech pathologist, and a nutritionist. They asked me a million questions about feeding and daily habits and then observed her eat a meal. Since then, we just check in with what changes we have made and they watch her eat again. They come up with a lot of different techniques and changes to make and work on. They weigh her, measure her, etc., of course, before each appointment.

I find them pretty intimidating because they are questioning you about every tiny detail that you do and then point out where you are going wrong. It makes me feel like an idiot, but then again, every other mom I know can just feed their kid however they feel like it. I don't know if it's because of Anna's specific issues, but they give me very rigid guidelines. It's hard to do it all, but they have been helpful. Even with how much I hate going to those appointments, I highly recommend it to anyone who is having these kinds of problems. It is really good to have a group of people come to a concensus about what is going on so you don't get conflicting advice all over the place. It's helpful to have specific goals to work on and then track improvement.

Good luck! I hope you like your experience!
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December 18th, 2007, 07:31 PM
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My son did go through a feeding clinic but ours was a little bit different. Our "team" consisted of a social worker, a nurse, a nutrionist and and OT. My son's feeding issues were clearly sensory based (he was dx with sensory processing disorder when he was 7 mos old) - and luckily the OT who was at the feeding clinic is the OT who had been working with my son since he was 7 mos old so she knew him very well. He was probably about 18 or so months when we started the feeding clinic. He is 5 now, I would have to look back through my records to remember the exact time we started going. We ended up having to do direct weekly feeding therapy with him - he had food texture issues as well as motor planning issues. He really made great progress with it and it was definately a good experience for us. Our issues now with his growth and gaining seem to stem from something different.

Good luck with the feeding clinic. Update as you can!

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January 7th, 2008, 07:28 PM
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Just wanted to say good luck.

We are waiting to see the feeding clinic here and have yet to receive a call from them. Our infant develpment therapist through the CDC called down to the hospital on Friday and found out that they expect to see us in March.

I am excited, we have been waiting a few months for this appointment and it will be nice to get some answers.
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January 8th, 2008, 06:54 AM
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good luck...that's something i have no experience in.
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January 8th, 2008, 06:20 PM
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Just wanted to say good luck.

We are waiting to see the feeding clinic here and have yet to receive a call from them. Our infant develpment therapist through the CDC called down to the hospital on Friday and found out that they expect to see us in March.

I am excited, we have been waiting a few months for this appointment and it will be nice to get some answers.[/b]

Thank you. Our appointment is next week... I'm a little anxious! lol. Originally when i called we had an appointment for March too... But then later they called me back and said after seeing his growth charts, an appointment in January had "magically appeared" somehow... lmao!

I'll be sure to update after our appointment... Maybe give you some idea of what to expect. Though i think our kiddo's situations are totally different... but still. Hope you get a call from them soon!
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