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Pediatric Eating, Feeding & Swallowing - Outpatient Services

Provides assessment and management of children who have Pediatric Feeding Disorder in the context of complex medical or neurological conditions, or children who are enterally fed. Clinical and instrumental (VFSS, FEES) assessment and intervention are available.

Provides care to children with complex feeding or swallowing problems requiring specialized support. This may include feeding / swallowing issues associated with structural and motor disorders affecting the mouth, throat, airway, and digestive system and/or suspected aspiration.

Factors may include:

  • trouble coordinating swallowing with breathing
  • congestion during and / or after feeding
  • changes in colour or state during feeding
  • pervasive choking, coughing, or gagging during meals
  • recurrent chest congestions or pneumonias
  • medical instability or risk of deterioration
  • severe aversion to oral feeding
  • psycosocial factors severely impacting mealtime routines and feeding relationships
  • specialized support required to begin transition to enteral (tube) feeds or tube weaning to progress to oral feeds

Visit the PEAS (Pediatric Eating and Swallowing) website to find relevant information for families and care providers of children with an eating, feeding and swallowing disorder.

Contact Details

Alberta Children's Hospital

28 Oki Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta
T3B 6A8

This facility is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator on site

Getting There

Parking map

Hours of Operation
Days of the Week

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Service Providers May Include
dietitians, occupational therapists (OTs), psychologists, speech-language pathologists (SLPs)

We accept referrals for children with Pediatric Feeding Disorder.

Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD) is defined as impaired oral intake that is not age-appropriate, lasting at least 2 weeks, and associated with one or more disturbance of: medical, nutritional, feeding skill, and/or psychosocial function*(2,3), and is differentiated from Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and Eating Disorder(3).

Referral Needed

Growth chart must be included with referral.

Service Access

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

Once the referral is accepted, the family will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

Wait Times

Referrals will be acknowledged within 2 business days. Assessments will be prioritized based on urgency.

Service Languages
Interpreter/Translation services
Also Known As
Pediatric Eating, Feeding and Swallowing - Outpatient Services