Pediatric patients only.
A recent clinical feeding and swallowing assessment by a feeding therapist (Occupational Therapist or Speech-Language Pathologist) is required prior to referral.
Service is provided to:
- children aged birth to 18 years of age with concerns related to swallowing, e.g. risk of aspiration (food or liquid enters the airway)
- children with complex feeding / swallowing problems
Outpatient referrals will be accepted from:
- the child's primary care physician. Please note: primary care must be retained by the physician. This is not a physician-led clinic.
- the child's primary feeding therapist who may complete the referral on behalf of the primary care physician providing the physician is aware of the referral, has consented to the referral and primary care must be retained by the physician. This is not a physician-led clinic.
Child must be taking a minimum of 20ml at one time.
If child must be seated in a wheelchair for ALL meals, please include this information in the referral.
Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.
Referrals are responded to within 2 business days.
Assessments are prioritized based on clincial need and urgency.
Once the referral is accepted, the family will be contacted to schedule an appointment.