Feeding Program - Patient Education and Resources

Feeding Program - Patient Education and Resources

Let us help your child thrive. Experts from different specialties work together to help children will all kinds of feeding problems live healthier, happier lives.

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Do I need to get a referral?

Depending upon your insurance company, you may or may not need a referral. Some insurance companies also require preauthorization (that means you must be approved before your visit to be covered). Please call your insurance company to find out what steps to take.

Who will my child see at the first visit?

That depends on your child. We use the information caregivers share ahead of time help us determine which providers will be at your first appointment.

What do I bring to the visit and how long is it?

Clinic visits last from one to one and half hours in most cases. We usually try to watch your child eat during the visit, so please bring food to the visit.

How long is the average stay at the Intensive Day Treatment Program?

It depends on the feeding problem and your child’s progress. The average stay is about 3 to 5 weeks.

What will I have to provide for the Intensive Day Treatment Program?

We provide all food, formula, feeding supplies, reinforcers and any special equipment needed. Please bring the child’s medicine, diapers (if used) and medical supplies not related to feeding.

What activities are available to the children at the Intensive Day Treatment Program?

We have a large playroom stocked with toys, puzzles, books and other fun things for children.

Are other therapies available to the children at the Intensive Day Treatment Program?

At Intensive Day Treatment Program, our primary focus is on eating. The caregivers can feel free to practice therapy activities outside of meals.

My Penn State Hershey Health

Penn State Children’s Hospital offers patients the ability to connect with their doctor online by using a secure website called My Penn State Hershey Health. This online tool allows you to:

  • Manage upcoming appointments
  • Check test and lab results
  • Communicate with your doctor through secure messaging
  • View or print health related documents from home

You can sign up for our online patient portal during an appointment by providing an email address, and our staff will send you an invitation. Any child age 14 to 17 will need to be present and give their written consent for parents to view their health records, and patients over the age of 18 must manage their own account.

Ask questions or make an appointment

Phone: 717-531-7117
Fax: 717-531-0720
E-mail: feedingprogram@pennstatehealth.psu.edu