What to expect at your appointment
Your initial appointment at the Interdisciplinary Feeding and Swallowing Program will be with a comprehensive team, so expect to see several different faces that day. The first appointment usually lasts around two hours.
During the visit, team members will ask questions, the medical provider will do a physical exam, and the feeding therapists will watch your child eat.
Avoid feeding your child for 2-3 hours before the visit, so that we can observe a typical feeding while you are at the appointment.
You will leave your visit with a comprehensive plan for your child, including recommendations for your child’s diet, feeding therapy, weight checks, or any additional testing your child might need. You can always reach your feeding team by phone or through the Children’s Mercy Patient Portal to ask questions between visits.
Follow-up visits will be tailored to your child’s specific needs and are generally shorter, around one hour.
What to bring to your appointment
- Preferred and non-preferred foods
- Favorite cup, bottle, utensils
- Thickener (if applicable)
- Video of your child eating at home (if possible)
- Remember—please don’t feed your child for 2-3 hours before the visit so they will eat while they’re here