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Contact the Feeding and Swallowing Program

Fact Sheets (click links to download)

Preparing for your appointment:

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Please down load our intake form and email, fax or mail back to us before your visit. 

What should I bring? 

It is helpful if you can bring in your child’s usual feeding equipment (e.g. bottle and any nipples used, spoons, cups, etc.).  For toddlers and older children, we often will ask that you bring in 2-3 foods your child will eat, as well as 2-3 food you would like your child to eat, but they struggle with.  Also, bring their preferred drink/liquid and their usual cup or bottle that they use for drinking.  

Should my child eat anything before our visit? 

For a clinical feeding evaluation your child should come hungry to the appointment.  We usually recommend not giving them anything to eat or drink for 2-3 hours prior to the appointment.     


For a modified barium swallow (MBS) study (insert link to prior page on MBS) your child should not be fed 2-3 hours prior to the appointment so that he/she is hungry for the appointment.

(Note: If your child is on continuous tube feeds or tightly monitored intake, please check with your physician before stopping feeds).

 Medications can be offered as scheduled. 

How long will the appointment take?

  • Clinical feeding assessments typically last 1-2 hours.
  • Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) studies take approximately 30-45 minutes.
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) takes approximately 30-45 minutes.  
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