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Feeding Clinic

Have any questions? Give us a call anytime at (708)478-1820 or schedule a free screening below.

Picky Eating & feeding difficulties for older children

Does your child:

  • eat less than twenty foods
  • refuse foods of certain textures, temperatures, or colors
  • decline an entire category of food (i.e. veggies)
  • eat the same food over and over
  • become distraught when new foods are on the plate
  • have difficult nursing or bottle feeding or have a history of early feeding difficulties
  • struggle to maintain a healthy weight
  • fill up on junk food
  • gag, cough, or vomit during meals

Speech and Occupational therapists at BDI Playhouse are licensed and trained to:

  • turn mealtime into positive experiences
  • increase oral motor strength and coordination
  • teach your child to tolerate, interact with, or eat foods of varying textures and consistencies
  • address cup, straw, and bottle drinking
  • utilize specialized techniques such as Beckman Oral Motor Approach, Food Chaining & Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach
  • target effective use of utensils
  • coach and provide resources to families so they can help your child overcome these mealtime obstacles

Did you know that research has shown that difficulties with eating and poor nutrition can cause:

  • stunted growth correlated with poor academic performance and lowered mental capacity
  • emotional and psychological development issues
  • a decrease in a child's activity level, social interactions, and curiosity

Getting Started With our Feeding Clinic

Still not sure? Learn more about what to expect at a screening here.

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    review rating 5  I think BDI Playhouse is amazing! I've been going there since I was in 3rd grade and now I'm in 9th grade. Mrs. Jessica and Mrs. Maggie are the best people to work with and they are so nice and awesome! It's fun to hang around with them! If any of your children need help or support, BDI is the best place to go to. The front office staff are nice. Ms. Sue and Ms.Myrna always have a smile when you come in. - Sofia M. (15)

    thumb Sinikka Mondini
    2/27/2020

    review rating 5  We have a child who has received services at BDI Playhouse (speech, OT and PT) for about a year and a half now. I would highly recommend BDI playhouse to other families. First of all, we have absolutely LOVED each of the therapists we have worked with. They clearly care about our child’s progress and are always willing to answer my questions and provide ideas or suggestions as needed. I also appreciate that they will communicate amongst themselves to discuss my son’s goals and to make sure we’re looking at the big picture. He has made tremendous progress during his time at BDI. They are also excellent at helping me navigate other options to explore. One of BDI’s biggest strengths is that their office staff is as wonderful as their therapists. We recently went through a frustrating insurance issue where we needed to obtain approval for additional PT sessions. Insurance was (surprise surprise) slow to address the matter but the wonderful team at BDI did a ton of work on their end to get the approval for additional sessions. They even held my son’s spot for weeks and weeks to ensure that he could be seen again as soon as the matter was resolved. I really appreciate how they helped me navigate this problem. I also want to touch on the fact that BDI offers some unique services. They do bike riding lessons, offer some aquatic therapy, feeding therapy, and they have several classes you can sign your child up for to help further their progress. They also offer a monthly gait clinic and will help you obtain orthotics as needed. Finally, their new facility is awesome, super clean and has a nice large waiting room. We have several options for therapy that our closer to us, but we are happy to be working with BDI!

    thumb Samia Bono
    8/07/2018

    review rating 5  We love BDI, and we love our daughter’s wonderful speech therapist Jess K. She is so knowledgeable and is also a great listener and is very intuitive. Jess is one of our daughter’s favorite people and she runs to therapy each session smiling and singing her name. We have been seeing Jess for over 1.5 years. Jess comes up with creative ways to elicit the speech sounds we need to work on, she provides easy homework and at home ideas to practice at home and really cares about knowing our whole family, not just our daughter. We have built a great working relationship and I am so grateful to have her working with us! The gym and facility at BDI is wonderful. I love that our daughter can play and wiggle and be active while she does her speech - it is motivating and fun. It also gives her the chance to be social and work on speaking to other kids. All the staff, particularly Sherry, Ruby and Sue are helpful and compassionate which is important when dealing with tricky matters in insurance and billing. Thanks to everyone at BDI for being caring and bringing your best effort each time to come.

    thumb Gracia Livie
    2/12/2020