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Intensive Feeding Program for Children

About Our Service

The Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Intensive Feeding Program helps children as young as 12 months old learn to eat and drink in positive and productive ways. This program is a welcome rarity as the only one of its kind in Michigan and one of a few in the country. Our feeding team is dedicated to providing the expertise necessary to make mealtimes successful, manageable and even enjoyable once again for you and your child. 

At the Intensive Feeding Program, we believe in empowering families one bite at a time. We're grateful to have the generous support of the Gerber Foundation to bring your family a variety of support for infant development and nutrition, helping kids from infancy through elementary age overcome nutritional challenges. We look forward to answering your questions.

Features of Intensive Feeding Program for Children

Day Treatment Program

The day treatment program includes a minimum of three daily therapeutic feeding sessions with program staff. Day treatment occurs Monday through Friday and is typically completed in six to eight weeks.

Inpatient Program

The inpatient program is similar to day treatment but is designed to serve children with medical risk factors that require 24-hour care. Once a child’s medical needs stabilize, he or she typically transitioned to the day treatment program to complete treatment.

Outpatient Feeding Therapy

The outpatient service includes feeding therapy with one of our program’s speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists or behavioral psychologists. Sessions are approximately one hour in length and are typically scheduled one to three times weekly. In some cases, outpatient therapy may be recommended in preparation for admission to our day treatment program.