An oral motor delay is when children have difficulty moving the muscles of their mouths in order to speak or eat. Feeding delays occur when a child has difficulties eating, which could be due to an oral motor delay, swallowing difficulty, structural deficits (i.e., tongue-tie) or sensory-related deficits. Swallowing therapy is used to treat individuals who have difficulty feeding (i.e., baby nursing), eating, chewing, swallowing, etc. so that they may achieve adequate nutritional intake. Sunny Pediatric Services offers evaluation and therapy services for oral motor deficits and feeding difficulties in infants and toddlers.
See Sunny Baby Services for more detailed information about feeding therapy with infants ages 0-11 months.