Children's Speech & Language Therapy in Buckinghamshire

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

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External resources

Talking Point progress checker

Talking Point progress checker

Talking Point progress checker - Click here to go to Talking Point's Progress Checker, where you can check the progress of your child's language development by answering questions about their communication skills.

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Bucks Family Information Service

Bucks Family Information Service

The Buckinghamshire Family Information Service website contains information about services and activities for children and their families in Buckinghamshire.

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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Buckinghamshire Healthcare Children and Young People’s Services

Click here for information about Buckinghamshire Healthcare's health visiting, school nursing, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy services.

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Last updated: 10 November, 2016