Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders

Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders

An estimated 25% of all children have a feeding disorder. This number increases in children with developmental delays.

If you think your child may be one of them, The Cindy & Tod Johnson Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children can help. In fact, our outcomes show that at least 90% of all children admitted into our program achieve their goals.

Our Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders

The first—and only—intensive day patient program in New York specializing in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, our family-centered intensive program identifies strategies to assist children who present with eating difficulties such as:

  • Mealtime tantrums
  • Food refusal
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Failure to thrive
  • Dependence on liquids
  • Poor chewing
  • Inability to progress in textures

While our patients range in age from infants to teenagers, most children we service are between the ages of two and six. Our interdisciplinary team focuses on treating the whole child, addressing the clinical and behavioral aspects of their feeding disorder and developing a treatment plan to address their specific needs. Additionally, caregiver training that includes school personnel is mandatory for effective transitions to other environments.

Does your child need feeding therapy?

Request an evaluation.
Your child may benefit from feeding therapy if they have one or more of these symptoms:

  • Ongoing weight loss or poor weight gain.
  • Recurrent choking, gagging, coughing or vomiting during meals.
  • Difficulty achieving developmental milestones for feeding (e.g., weaning from bottles, transitioning to table food and/or higher textures of solid foods).
  • Tantrums and crying during mealtimes.
  • Extremely limited variety of foods.
  • Oral motor difficulties and delays.
  • Sensory difficulties related to food.
  • Dependence on gastronomy (g-tube) or nasogastric (NG) tube feedings.

If they do, request an in-depth evaluation at our center. During the evaluation, which may last several hours, our interdisciplinary team will conduct a comprehensive assessment and recommend treatment strategies.

Request a Feeding Disorder Evaluation

Simply complete the application below and submit it with a growth chart, any pertinent medical records and a letter of medical necessity from your pediatrician or GI doctor.

Contact Information

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children
29-01 216th Street
Bayside, NY 11360

Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders