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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.


jennifer dahms

Jennifer Dahms, M.S., CCC-SLP

Jennifer Dahms is a pediatric speech 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. Jennifer has dedicated her continuing education and professional focus on pediatric dysphagia. She has presented on pediatric feeding disorders at the Idaho Speech and Hearing Association's annual convention as well as at the Inter Mountain Area Speech and Hearing Convention in 2008. Jennifer also presented on pediatric feeding disorders in the schools at Idaho State University's Winter Symposium in 2009. She received ASHA's ACE award in 2010.


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