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Frequency & Duration of Feeding Therapy

Jennifer Dahms, M.S., CCC-SLP

August 6, 2012

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How frequent are the recommended sessions for feeding therapy and what is the usual duration?

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I see children for 45 minutes at a time and my recommendation for therapy is going to be dependent upon the child.  I don't want to say I have a set-in-stone frequency recommendation.  I usually see kids every other week if we're just working on problem eating behaviors with no swallowing issues or oral motor issues. This leaves family time to work on the techniques at home and to get a good handle on them to see if they are working and if they are getting good practice  before coming to the next therapy session.  We then talk about how things went and update the home program from there.  

Jennifer Dahms is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in Boise, Idaho. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She has worked in pediatric outpatient clinics and Birth-to-Three programs in both Wisconsin and Idaho and currently has her own private practice, Valley Pediatric Feeding, LLC.

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Please note: This course is also offered in a series titled "Improving Oral-Motor Functioning in Pediatric Feeding Disorders", course 6240, which is offered for .6 CEUs. By completing this course, you will NOT be eligible to complete course 6240 for CEU credit.