Our Success

Treatment Goals:

At least 90% of the patients admitted to the intensive day treatment program at the Cindy and Tod Johnson Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children meet all of their admission goals. These positive outcomes are echoed in family satisfaction ratings of a 4 or a 5 (4-satisfied) and  (5-extremely satisfied).

Parent/Caregiver Satisfaction: A recent survey conducted showed that parents and guardians gave high ratings for program satisfaction and program effectiveness. On a satisfaction scale of 1 to 5 the Feeding Program scored an average of 4.8 for the following questions:

  • How satisfied were you that the feeding program was beneficial to your child?
  • How satisfied were you with the overall services of the feeding clinic?
  • How acceptable was the intervention developed by the feeding program for your child?
  • How satisfied were you with the appropriateness of the recommendation made by the feeding program for your child?
  • How satisfied were you with the ease of using the intervention with your child?


“It feels good to be able to have a normal family dinner together! Michael is finally eating healthy and actually enjoying his food.”  – Mother of child who was born prematurely with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, failure to thrive, and G-tube dependency.

“I am very grateful to the feeding program. They have done so much for my son. As soon as he walked in, they showed him they cared; they showed us they wanted to help him. You could just see it on their faces…The feeding program has done so much for Gilbert that it is practically a miracle. They got him to eat and drink. This hospital changed my life completely.”  – Mother of a child born with a diaphragmatic hernia and was NG-tube dependent.

“Angela was stuck on chocolate Pediasure for over 5 years and nothing else. After the second day at St. Mary’s Feeding Program, she was actually eating her favorite Cheetos instead of just licking them.” – Mother of child diagnosed with failure to thrive and was completely dependent on supplemental formula to maintain her weight.

Patient Story

Meet Abdallah– a one year old who struggled with his feeding. His progress after attending the Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders is remarkable.

National Media Coverage

An insightful New York Times article (A Place to Go When a Child Really Refuses Food)  explored the amazing work of the Feeding Program. Click here to read the article on the NYT website.

Getting young children to try new foods can be a challenge but for some children it’s more than just being picky.  Click here to watch a feature that explains a treatment plan that can help parents.