Speech and Feeding Specialists of Louisiana is one of very few facilities in Louisiana to offer empirically supported outpatient feeding treatment to children with feeding disorders. We provide interdisciplinary assessment and treatment of infants and children. Our team of professionals includes; psychologists, board certified behavior analysts, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, lactation consultants and pediatric dieticians who have received specialized training in the area of feeding. Our interdisciplinary team works together to increase both volume and variety of foods consumed, establish or strengthen oral motor skills required for feeding, as well as decreasing problem behaviors associated with mealtimes. We also work with families to coordinate referrals to intensive feeding programs if the child requires a more intensive level of treatment.
Our highly trained therapists have advanced degrees and provide the highest level of integrity, care, and compassion. By receiving extensive training and continuing education opportunities, they are highly motivated to remain current with the latest literature. Our dedicated and enthusiastic therapists provide services in our clinic or in the natural environment.
Let us help your child thrive. Experts from different specialties work together to help children with all kinds of feeding problems live healthier, happier lives.
The therapists at Speech and Feeding Specialists of Louisiana are fully qualified and licensed professionals. They are highly trained and experienced in managing children with feeding and swallowing difficulties and apply the principals of evidence-based practice. We strongly believe in family centered care and take great pride in providing thorough evaluations and innovative approaches to intervention. Our team believes in working closely with your physicians and other specialists so as to provide collaborative and comprehensive care. We have many experts on staff and depending on the needs of your child, your team may include:
Our team is highly trained in the area of feeding and swallowing dysfunctions. They regularly present at conferences, run training workshops for other health care professionals and have numerous publications in this area.
While most children can be picky at times, children with feeding difficulties take picky eating to the extreme. These children may only eat a few number of foods, oftentimes eliminating entire food groups from their diet. Other children may have experienced difficulty with feeding due to physical reasons, such as reflux or food allergies. The natural joy most of us receive from eating may be replaced with anxiety and refusal behaviors may increase. Our team of professionals work together to help children develop the skills needed to eat a wide variety of foods, while decreasing negative emotions associated with the eating process.
Many of our patients with feeding and swallowing problems are also present with difficulties in the areas of speech, language and movement. SFSLA provides therapy services in all these areas as well. Providing additional services and dysphagia services in the same facility provides our patients the level of care they have come to expect at SFSLA. It also enables continuity of care as for all of your therapeutic programming. If you are concerned about your child's ability to understand language (receptive language) and communicate his wants and needs (expressive language) using speech that is understandable (articulation) we will be able to help. We also provide both Occupational and Physical therapy if you have concerns regarding your child’s gross and fine motor development.
Our dynamic space allows Physical Therapists to work in ways you've never seen. We treat kiddos with torticollis & plagiocephaly, motor coordination delays & other gross motor anomalies. From walking, to standing, to crawling, & everything in between. We have you covered.
From sensory integration, to fine motor delays, to needing help with activities of daily living: our Occupational Therapists can help! Our team is extensively trained in sensory and neuro-based therapies to assess reflexes, visual-motor skills, self regulation needs, & sensory needs, to name a few.
Our goal is to provide you and your family with clear and understandable evidence-based information with compassion, balancing physical and emotional considerations. If needed, we serve your child's every need by providing a comprehensive experience that goes beyond lactation consultation.
First-time Visit (1.5 – 2 hours) includes:
Follow-up Visits (45 min – 1 hour) may be necessary/desired. These include:
Our Speech Therapists use a floor time approach to get on the child's level and make therapy functional. Speech Therapy helps with language delays, speech sound delays, oral motor coordination disorders, & more.
A feeding / dysphagia evaluation is an evaluation in which your child's feeding and swallowing abilities are assessed. After a thorough evaluation of the structure of your child's oral musculature, we will evaluate the function of your child's oral musculature during eating. We will make sure that the oral motor and sensory systems are intact and not interfering with or contributing to your child's feeding and swallowing problems. We also look at your child's overall muscle tone, respiration and phonation, ribcage development and movement, indicators of reflux, allergy or other GI issues, and behaviors that may pertain to feeding and swallowing.
Our evaluation can identify potential problems with your child’s feeding and swallowing abilities. The most critical issues are safety, specifically: obstruction or aspiration (the entrance of food/liquid into the airway). These dangerous conditions can result in coughing and choking, frequent illnesses including colds and congestion and breathing problems. If these issues are suspected, a modified barium swallow study and/or a fiberobtic endoscopic evaluation of the swallow will be recommended.
Feeding and dysphagia therapy goals are identified and established based on our thorough evaluations. All therapy is individualized to meet the needs of each patient and their family.
Our therapy sessions are conducted with each individual’s needs in mind therefore fostering maximum potential. Parents are encouraged to participate in the sessions as appropriate. Home carryover and practice suggestions are offered after each session. We work closely with each infant or child’s family to ensure that their goals are addressed. Parents are encouraged to become part of our team. We value each parent’s feedback and input and develop close partnerships with our parents.