Outpatient Treatment for Feeding Disorders

The Interdisciplinary Pediatric Feeding Program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital offers treatment to children who can make feeding gains in an outpatient setting.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to staffing shortages, thus we are not accepting referrals to our Outpatient Treatment or Intensive Day Treatment programs at this time. 

Evaluation for Outpatient Feeding Disorder Treatment

Our outpatient evaluations occur during your initial visit to the clinic. During this time, we will ask you questions about medical, oral-motor, nutritional, and behavioral issues that may be impacting your child's feeding. We may observe you feed your child preferred and non-preferred foods in order to develop a treatment plan.

Frequently Asked Questions about Outpatient Treatment for Feeding Disorders

What is a typical visit like in the Outpatient Program?  Outpatient visits are typically once per week for 50-60 minutes. During these visits we will work directly with you and your child.   We will teach you feeding strategies to practice at home between visits. 

Who supplies the food for my child to eat while receiving treatment?

Parents provide the food and drink. We will work with you to identify foods for your child based on your family’s eating habits.

Can other caregivers come to observe or receive training?

Yes! We encourage any and all caregivers to come and observe or receive training. Your child will be most successful if he or she is fed the same way by all caregivers.

Will my child ever eat like other children his or her age?

Every child is different; however, we will work to ensure that your child has a nutritionally complete and typical diet prior to discharge.

How long will my child need treatment?

The course of treatment is different for each child. On average, children who participate in our outpatient program are with us for one year. Depending on the goals for your child, the course of treatment may last up to 2-3 years.

If we start in the outpatient program, can we switch to the intensive day treatment program?

If your child is not demonstrating progress in the outpatient program and would benefit from a more intensive model, we may switch him or her to our intensive day treatment program. We would make this decision collaboratively with you.

Make an appointment

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to staffing shortages, thus we are not accepting referrals to our Outpatient Treatment or Intensive Day Treatment programs at this time. 

Please be assured that we remain committed to creating a path forward for our patients and the services you count on. We welcome you to call the Pediatric Psychology Clinic at 734-936-4220 with questions, or to ask for updates on the status of our feeding program services.