OSF Children's Hospital

Speech/Feeding Therapy


Speech / Feeding Therapy To promote oral motor, feeding & communication skill development in everyday activities... 

Speech pathology evaluates various communication impairments and oral-motor/feeding deficits related to neurological impairment, cranio-facial anomalies, tracheotomy, head injury, cardiac disease, prematurity, or developmental delays. 

Specialized programs:

  • Acute rehabilitation
  • Cochlear implant
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Feeding dysfunction
  • Group feeding sessions
  • Swallow studies
  • VitalStim

Speech / Feeding Therapy - Signing Treatment may include improvement of sensory awareness for feeding, improvement of oral-motor skills, development of feeding skills, or increased receptive/expressive communication skill development.  Augmentative communication systems are considered when necessary to supplement verbal language.  Speech-language pathologists are also responsible for conducting video fluoroscopic swallow studies with radiologists to verify swallow safety, identify appropriate diet levels, and determine therapeutic needs.