Swallowing, eating and drinking

Feeding times can be a beautiful, bonding time between parents and their baby.

However if a little one has difficulty with feeding, swallowing or taking in enough nutrients to meet their growth needs, feeding times can also be a challenging and stressful time. Successful feeding routines are not just about safely getting enough to eat and drink but also about building attachment, communicating, and enjoyment.

To learn more about how we can support you, please contact our friendly team

How we can help

What we help with
  • Assessment of dysphagia (mealtime difficulties and swallowing disorder)  
  • Assistance with non-oral feeding (NG tubes, Gastrostomy)
  • Collaboration with medical teams to ensure timely access to the right services and supports
  • Information about nutrition and growth  
  • Introduction of solid foods and finger foods, and transitioning to drinking from a cup
  • Techniques to promote safe swallowing, such as positioning, food and drink consistencies and textures and different teats 
  • Mealtime difficulties resulting from oral sensory sensitivities such as the feel of food or drink
Who can help

At CPA we have highly trained and dedicated staff who are experts in supporting feeding, swallowing and mealtimes for babies and their families.

You can work with our:   

  • Speech pathologists  
How we can help

We offer a blended model of services to meet the individual needs of babies and their families.

Appointments may be arranged: 

  • At your local centre; 
  • In your home; 
  • In your local community 
  • Or via Telepractice 
Funding supports

If you have a funding package from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), we can work with you to maximise the benefits. 

You can purchase supports using your:

  • Capacity Building budget 
    • Improved Daily Living  (11)
  • Capital Supports budget  
    • Assistive Technology  (5)

CPA Babies at Risk Program: A free short-term service provided by CPA, to children under 2 years of age, who have been given a diagnosis of at risk of Cerebral Palsy. The program is funded through fundraising and aims to assist families in accessing NDIS funding. This service is in place until a NDIS plan is approved. Please contact CPA for information on what services are provided under this short-term program.     

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