Excellent nutrition is one of the most basic requirements for a child to grow and thrive. Research shows that as many as 90% of children with a developmental disorder have at least one nutrition risk indicator. Nutrition problems can include failure to thrive, obesity, poor feeding skills, sensory disorders, and gastrointestinal disorders, to name only a few. Individuals with special needs are also more likely to develop co-existing medical conditions that require nutrition interventions.
Thanks to two significant grants from Hanover Township Mental Health Board and Special Kids Foundation, Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley can now offer nutrition services for children, regardless of insurance, in areas currently underserved immediately north and west of DuPage County. This includes full financial support for those uninsured, underinsured or on Medicaid; and partial support for those in Early Intervention or with insurance. Children who qualify will receive a nutrition evaluation and follow up nutrition therapy as needed.
Qualifications for children (birth to 21 years of age) to receive this service include:
If your child fits these qualifications, contact our Intake Coordinator at 630.261.6287 to ask questions or schedule an appointment.
Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley Nutrition Therapy provides care that is difficult to find elsewhere in a community or medical setting. Training and specialties include assisting children with improved oral and digestive tolerance, modifications to help improve growth, adjusting diet for improved variety, volume and complexity of foods and fluids, balancing the diet of those with food allergies or sensitivities, help with transitioning (off of or onto) a tube feeding, and homemade blenderized formula and diet modifications.
Our goal is to provide optimal nutrition care to children with developmental disabilities through an interdisciplinary approach, addressing their nutrition risks and disorders and helping them to lead healthier lives.
More about our Nutrition Therapy Program
Who should participate?
Working with an interdisciplinary team, our dietitian will assist you with providing the best nutrition for children having a variety of conditions such as:
What will a typical session be like?
Will I need a prescription?
You will need a prescription from you child's physician with a nutrition related diagnosis code.
Who should I call with questions or to get started?
Contact our Intake Coordinator at 630.261.6287 to ask questions or schedule an appointment.