Amy Drayton, Director, Behavioral Feeding Program wrote -
We are raising money to help more children get the right treatment faster for their feeding disorders. There are currently more than 150 kids waiting for appointments in the behavioral feeding clinic. The wait time is greater than 1 year. All money donated will go directly toward expanding feeding services at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Please give generously and help take a bite out of feeding disorders!
All donations of $50 or more before July 1 get a free t-shirt! You can view the front and back of the t-shirt by clicking on the arrows below the picture to the left. Give size and team name, if you would like one, in the comments section.
WHAT ARE FEEDING DISORDERS?
Children with feeding disorders have usually had serious medical and developmental issues that have led them to fear some or all foods. When you donate to our event, you will help kids like Jake (photo on left) who have a few "safe" foods that they will eat but panic when asked to eat any other foods. Other kids may not eat anything. Many get nutrition through tubes in their stomachs. They may need to learn how to chew and swallow step-by-step. Please click below on members of "The Team" to learn the stories of Jake and other kids who have been treated in the Mott Behavioral Feeding Clinic.
The children sent to the behavioral feeding clinic are as young as 3 months old and most are 2-4 years old. They come from all over Michigan. They usually have been the sickest kids in the hospital.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
A team of health care professionals should evaluate and treat all children with feeding disorders. The team should include a behavioral feeding specialist, but very few exist. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is fortunate to have a behavioral feeding program, but the wait to get into the program is very long, usually 1 year or more. Having to wait so long for feeding treatment is very, very stressful for parents who don’t know how to help their kids.
WHAT EXACTLY WILL WE SPEND THE MONEY ON?
We have 2 main goals:
1) CREATE AN INTERDISCIPLINARY EVALUATION CLINIC. This clinic would let children get their first appointment faster. Recommendations for further evaluation and treatment given during this appointment would give families some direction and hopefully peace of mind.
2) CREATE AN INTENSIVE TREATMENT PROGRAM. Currently, children are seen once per week for 50 minutes. With an intensive program, children would be seen for meals and snacks all day, Monday through Friday. This would result in much faster progress and shorter time in treatment. Shorter time in treatment would mean that more kids could get treatment each year.