The goal of the Center for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is to provide a collaborative medical, motor and behavioral team-based approach to children with complex feeding and swallowing difficulties.
Feeding disorders affect approximately 25-40% of children, from infancy to adolescence. Approximately 80% of children with developmental disabilities have a feeding problem.
Feeding and swallowing problems are symptoms often associated with complex medical diagnoses.
Evaluation and treatment of feeding and swallowing in isolation ignore the systemic factors often contributing to feeding and swallowing problems. The Center for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing is the first of its kind in New Jersey to blend a multidisciplinary approach with experienced pediatric subspecialties and behavioral psychological techniques.
The Center has a telemedicine program “efeedTM” where children are followed by the team from their homes in real time. For further information, check the website:
Peggy Eicher, MD, Medical Director
Pamela Martorana, LPC, Manager/Team Leader
Kim Cahill, RN, APN