Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders

Welcome to the Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children

What is a Feeding Disorder?
It has been reported that 25% of all children have some form of feeding disorder.  This number increases in children with developmental delays.  The Cindy & Tod Johnson Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children is the first intensive day patient program in New York specializing in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.

Designed with a family-centered behavioral approach, our 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
  • Poor suck and swallow

The program serves children from the tri-state area, and also receives national and international referrals. The patients who attend the program range in age from infants to teenagers, but on average, most children are between 2 and 6 years of age. Patients admitted to the day program are typically children with a moderate to severe feeding disorder who have been treated through home care or related services, but require intensive therapy to achieve further improvements. At least 90% of the patients admitted to St. Mary’s Feeding Program meet all of their admission goals.

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