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Feeding Clinic

The Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley Feeding Clinic is one of the few comprehensive feeding clinics in the Chicago area and collaborates with R. Charles Dumont, MD of the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern.  The interdisciplinary team consists of our gastroenterologist, speech-language pathologist, registered dietitian and parent liaison.  

This team of experts, all in one room at one time, offers a collaborative, personalized and compassionate approach to treating challenges related to nutrition, eating and the gastrointestinal system.  Parents leave that same day with plans to begin achieving their child's goals.  Families residing nationally and internationally, including Canada, Mexico and Europe, attend this Clinic. Founded in August 2000, the Feeding Clinic is held twice a month at our Villa Park center.

Why Begin Here?

Nearly 90% of children with special health care needs are at risk for some type of nutrition-related problem. The inability to safely and easily consume food orally and process this through the digestive tract, are two of the most common challenges seen in this unique population.

Chronic diseases or syndromes, disorders of oral motor structure or development, growth disorders, failure to thrive or obesity, tube feedings, food allergies and sensitivities, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological conditions, constipation, diarrhea, sensory-related or Autism Spectrum Disorder-related feeding difficulties all contribute to the challenge of obtaining optimal nutrition that provides for the growth, development and long-term health of a child.

Children who benefit from the Feeding Clinic may have any of the following conditions:

Medical necessity for inclusion in our Feeding Clinic requires that your child has concerns in the three following areas: nutrition, feeding and gastroenterology.

Feeding Clinic FAQs

What criteria will be taken into consideration when developing a plan for my child?

What are the benefits of a team approach?

This unique environment brings several disciplines together at one location where the multidisciplinary team comprehensively evaluates the child.  With the participation of the child and family, the team discusses the child's feeding related challenges, creates goals for improved experiences, and works with the parents and ongoing therapists to develop the best treatment plan to assist the child.

Who makes up the Feeding Clinic team?

R. Charles Dumont, MD
Feeding Clinic Medical Director
Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Integrative Pediatric Medicine

Cindy Baranoski, MS, RD, LDN
Clinic Coordinator
Nutrition Therapist

Judy Gardner, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Pathologist/Feeding Therapist

Connie Swan, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Pathologist/Feeding Therapist

Sharon Pike
Parent Liaison

Christy Stringini
Clinic Admissions Coordinator

The team also includes other involved therapists and/or caregivers.

Will I need a referral or prescription?

Referrals can be made by parents, physicians, specialists, nurses, ongoing Early Intervention service coordinators, therapists or other health care professionals.

Who should I call with questions?

For additional questions or to make an appointment, please contact our Intake Coordinator at 630.261.6216.

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