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Feeding Program

Lakeland Intermediate Feeding Experience (L.I.F.E.)

Welcome to L.I.F.E., the Lakeland Intermediate Feeding Experience program at Lakeland Outpatient Rehabilitation Center.

This feeding program is designed to help children overcome difficulties eating as a result of sensory, medical, oral motor, or behavioral issues.

Our trained Speech Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist evaluate every child to determine the most appropriate individualized feeding program. Treatments may include sensory integration, behavioral modification, oral motor training, and family education.

Committing to the feeding program takes discipline–meaning, each child, depending on the type of session suggested by the clinicians, is expected to be seen two times a day, two to three days a week, with their caregiver present. Each Lakeland Intermediate Feeding Experience lasts four to six weeks.

Referrals are made to the clinic by your physician; you may be referred to other specialists to assist with increasing your child’s success. We will help you coordinate these services if needed. We use a team approach to provide the best care and outcome for your child.

Does your child have a feeding disorder?

  • Does your child frequently cry or refuse food whenever meal time comes around?
  • Does your child have frequent bouts of spitting up or vomiting associated with eating?
  • Is your child unable to gain weight because they don’t consume enough calories or diagnosed with “Failure to Thrive”?
  • Does your child gag when trying new foods?
  • Has your child been diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or are you having difficulty weaning your child off of their feeding tube?
  • Has your child been diagnosed with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)?
  • Does your child have a cleft palate or some structural abnormality making it difficult to eat?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we may be able to help you find a solution. Pediatric Feeding Disorders are on the rise and finding the right help can seem overwhelming.

Our Team

Lisa Sutton
Speech Language Pathologist, with 16 years of experience treating pediatrics in a school and outpatient setting. She has extended formal training in performing video swallows, vital stim, and pediatric feeding disorders.

Kristen Hankamp
Occupational Therapist, with five years of experience treating pediatrics in a school and outpatient setting. She has extended training in pediatric feeding disorders.

For more information, contact: Lakeland Rehabilitation Services, Coloma at (269) 468-4318 

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