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Programs & Services

Stollery Outpatient Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

The Stollery Outpatient Feeding and Swallowing Clinic provides consultation and assessment to children with feeding and swallowing concerns or dysphagia in the absence of an underlying developmental or neurological diagnosis.

Concerns may be due to suspected or known anatomic/physiologic impairments of the mouth, throat, airway, or digestive system. The feeding and/or swallowing concerns may also be due to an underlying medical condition such as a cardiac, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, or oncology related diagnosis.

Presenting concerns may include:

  • weak or uncoordinated sucking
  • trouble coordinating breathing and swallowing
  • impaired growth / nutrition or dehydration
  • noisy breathing or airway congestion during and/or after feeding
  • hoarse/wet voice or throat clearing while eating or drinking
  • changes in color or state during feeding
  • coughing or choking during meals
  • frequent respiratory illnesses or pneumonia suggestive of pulmonary aspiration

Once the referral is received, it is reviewed and triaged by the Speech-Language Pathologist. A parent questionnaire is then mailed to the family to be completed and returned prior to an appointment being scheduled.

A Speech-Language Pathologist will complete the initial clinical feeding and swallowing evaluation and determine the need for further instrumental assessment (i.e., Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS) or Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)). Follow-up visits will be scheduled as required.

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

Stollery Children's Hospital

Location Info
Unit 1G1.11, Speech and Audiology
8440 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2B7
Getting There

Parking and Public transportation available

Hours of Operation
Days of the Week

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Service Providers May Include
pediatric ear nose and throat specialists, pediatric gastroenterologists, pediatric respiratory specialists, speech language pathologists

Children 0 to 17 years.

Referral Needed

Physician or Nurse Practitioner referral required

Service Access

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

Wait Times

An estimated wait time will be provided at the time of appointment booking.

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