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. The goal of Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley's Nutrition Therapy & Feeding/Nutrition Clinic is to provide optimal nutritional therapy to children with developmental disabilities through an interdisciplinary approach, addressing their nutrition risks and disorders and helping them to lead healthier lives.
Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley's Nutrition Therapy provides care that is difficult to find elsewhere in a community or medical setting. We know it can be hard for parents to figure out if they have a “picky eater” versus a child with more significant issues. Our program features dynamic, committed, licensed and experienced professionals who can assess each child’s needs and determine whether nutritional services are necessary. Services are available at our centers or through tele-therapy.
Our pediatric nutritionists are registered dietitians, who work closely with a knowledgeable and certified interdisciplinary team to assist caregivers with providing the best nutrition possible for their children. Because each child's needs are different, we create an individualized treatment plan based on parent concerns and integrate the most current treatment approaches for children who may exhibit a variety of conditions, such as:
Contact our Intake Coordinator at 630.261.6213 to ask questions or schedule an appointment.
For more details and information on criteria for the program and our team of experts, read our blog for more information.
For parents of children with sensory difficulties, our Fun with Food program provides sensory-based feeding approaches in a socially supportive environment. Parents seeking assistance with a feeding evaluation or toddler feeding therapy can also explore our Feeding Clinic.
For children on the Autism spectrum, experts agree that early childhood intervention leads to positive outcomes. New guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) emphasize the importance of early screenings and diagnostic evaluations. Difficulties with feeding or nutrition can sometimes be an indicator of evolving needs and a more comprehensive evaluation may be useful in identifying next steps. All of the diagnostic screenings recommended by the AAP are provided by our Medical Diagnostic Clinic and Autism Diagnostic Clinic.
Some parents may already have a diagnosis for a specific condition and may be wondering if the Nutrition Clinic is right for their child. Children with conditions that may benefit from a Nutritional Therapy assessment include, but are not limited to:
To learn more about treatment and therapy options, please visit the link for each condition.