Swallowing Disorders or Dysphagia

Establishing the Foundation

Babies and toddlers develop on their own timeline. They approach the work of growing with curiosity and experimentation. Sometimes they need extra help. At EBSCI we are dedicated to supporting you and your child each step of the way. Our multidisciplinary team uses the highest quality evidence-based practice in a gentle environment - just right for our youngest community members (birth-three).

Difficulty chewing, moving food from mouth to throat, pushing food down the throat, and closing off airway to not choke. Can lead to problems like:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Pneumonia or chronic lung disease due to constant aspirations
  • Loss of pleasure eating foods
  • Being embarrassed or wanting to be isolated during mealtime
  • The potential need for tube feeding or other alternatives
Signs of Dysphagia:
  • Coughing or gagging during or right after drinking or eating
  • Voice sounds wet or gurgly sounding voice during or after eating or drinking
  • Needing to cut food into smaller pieces or take extra time chewing in order to eat
  • Recurring pneumonia, or congestion after eating
  • Weight loss due to not eating enough