Eating and Drinking
Speech and Language therapists work with children and young people who have problems eating or drinking. Difficulty with eating or drinking is sometimes referred to as dysphagia. These difficulties may include difficulty with chewing, and swallowing certain foods and drinks.
The signs someone is having difficulties with eating and drinking may include:
- coughing or choking
- frequent chest infections
- “gulpy” swallows
- eyes watering
- they are not keen to eat or drink
If you are concerned about any of the above signs, please contact your GP to make a referral as we are only able to accept referrals from medical professionals for this area of input.
Our team work closely with other professionals such as dieticians, health visitors, and CAMHS. We can:
- Assess eating and drinking skills, including making a judgement about swallow safety
- Suggest appropriate textures and consistencies of food and drink to support safe eating and drinking
- Develop oro-motor skills to aid chewing
- Provide advice and strategies, including referring onwards if appropriate