Raleigh >Health Care Professionals > Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia
3714 Benson Drive, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760935.834159 -78.618230
8 am to 5 pm
Neighborhoods: North Hills
At 10 months old, my son was not transitioning to solids. He was exclusively breastfed and was a great nurser, but for some reason he would not eat solids. He would gag and make himself throw up, arch his back, turn his head, etc. After speaking with our pediatrician, he referred us to a Feeding Therapist. After our first appointment, I knew we would never be going back because we had such an awful experience. In a nutshell, the OT that we saw suggested we force feed our son three times a day until he finally started eating solids. And during the appointment, she kept saying "man your son is difficult", and then she would leave the room to seek advice from other OT's and Speech Pathologist. Fortunately, I had a friend mention Carolina Dysphagia, so I quickly called and set up an appointment, hoping and praying that CD would be better than the first place we went. I honestly cannot sing their praises enough! We worked with Morgan and she is FANTASTIC! From the very beginning she was SO positive and encouraging. On top of that, she made me feel like I was doing a great job as a mom and that it wasn't my fault that my son was having such a difficult time transitioning to solids (bc I felt like I had done something wrong). But even in all his difficulty, Morgan gave me confidence that my son would one day eat solids! We followed all of Morgan's instructions to a "T" and worked really hard at home and within 2 weeks, our son was starting to eat solids! Now, at 15 months, my son is eating all types of food and is thriving and doing great. I am so thankful for Carolina Dysphagia. The entire staff, including Shirley who is in charge of scheduling and payments, is so professional, kind and wonderful. I feel like Carolina Dysphagia is part of our family and I am so, so grateful for what they did to help my son FINALLY transition to solids!
Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia is amazing! Our third son is 16 weeks old and was born with Down Syndrome. He spent four weeks in the NICU and was finally able to come home on a G-tube. We started calling around to find a speech therapist who specialized in feeding and Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia came highly recommended, plus they had someone who exclusively worked with babies! Although we qualify for in home therapy through the state's Early Intervention program, we felt working with Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia was the best place for us and where we would see REAL results. Joan saw us twice a week at the beginning and for the first time since our little guy was born we felt relieved and hopeful. She helped us understand his cues, how to pace him so he didn't get overwhelmed or too tired, how to keep him interested in the bottle, and how to make feeding an enjoyable and sweet experience. She helped us stay calm and patient during what could have been a very stressful experience. I am now happy to report that after 6 weeks of working with Joan our little boy is completely off the G-tube and doing all of his feeding by bottle. We feel an immense level of gratitude for Joan and her passion for helping babies to enjoy eating! We are planning on going back to Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia when it's time to do transitions to solids to make sure all goes smoothly. We are so happy that we found this practice and I now recommend them to all of my friends who have children with eating issues.
Our 5th child bruised her tongue during delivery and refused to nurse. Being a firm believer in the health benefits of nursing and having nursed my other 4 children, it was devastating to me that our new baby would not nurse. EVERY medical & lactation professional we visited tried unsuccessfully and we felt more and more hopeless… until we met Joan. She was able to diagnose EXACTLY what was wrong, prescribe exercises to help the baby nurse properly. I had to learn to be patient and not rush my baby by teaching her bad habits, but wait for her to learn the correct swallowing patterns. I have never met anyone who has so much practical knowledge and tips about how babies swallow and how to read babies' cues. Joan was quick to speak encouragement to us and praise the things the baby was doing well (when everyone else was quick to only tell us what was wrong with our baby). She is now 9 months old and nursing perfectly! With her sensitive little tongue we are back with Joan working on spoon feeding and chewing. We are making progress and feel like with Joan's expertise, she will get over this next hurdle. Once again, Joan has been supportive and encouraging as we walk this new path. And she still checks in on how nursing is going. I am so glad to have Joan and her team on our side.
I love Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia!!! We started seeing Morgan when our Pediatrician referred us for our 2 yr having trouble eating and choking frequently on food. He loved Morgan and even tells everyone now, "Ms.Morgan says chew on side." We didn't end up needing therapy very long and were educated by Morgan on what we needed to do everyday to continue working with him. Thankfully we have not had a choking episode in a while! When we started having feeding issues with our 4 month old we knew exactly where to take him. We started seeing Morgan again with our 4 month old due to issues with reflux, failure to thrive and oral aversions. We worked with Morgan and Joan and loved them both. We ended up being hospitalized for the FTT and Morgan and Joan both called or emailed at least once if not twice a day to check on him while he was hospitalized. Once we were discharged from UNC Morgan got us in as soon as we were ready to come back to therapy. Morgan and Joan both have worked with everyone that cares for him and properly instructed us on how to feed him so that he does not aspirate but takes in enough nutrition to grow. Morgan also weighs him prior to and after feeding to see how much weight he gains. Morgan has not only been a feeding therpist but a friend to me. If anyone other than myself goes with him to therapy she will email me how he did and what to work on that week. She is very quick to answer emails even on the weekend and has given me her personal cell phone number in case of an emergency. I do not feel that her or Joan have looked down upon me as a mom or made me feel that I was being judged by any means. They have both stayed in contact with my childs pediatrician and followed along with all recommendations from them. Since being home from the hospital we have seen Morgan twice a week and are making so much progress, we went from him not wanting to take a bottle at all (and having an NG tube), to only taking 3 oz of milk at a time and losing weight to now he will take up to 5-6 oz at a time and we are progressing with solids now after he was completely averse to all solids at one point. My family and I cannot thank everyone at CPD from Shirley at the front desk who is absolutely wonderful to Morgan and Joan. I just cannot say enough good things about them and would recommend them to anyone I know.
Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia has been a blessing for my grand daughter. At just a few weeks old, she was diagnosed by a team of WakeMed & UNC doctors as "failure to thrive" -- because she was exerting more energy to try to eat than the nutrition she was able to get from each feeding. They recommended my daughter take her to CPD. They have been wonderful for her. Feeding therapy helped her so much, and Stephanie used several great techniques as she helped her progress. Her natural instincts were not enough, but Stephanie expertly guided her to learn the right things to do. When she "graduated" from feeding therapy, her pediatrician recommended speech therapy. I was pleased to learn that my daughter had chosen to take her to Stephanie at CPD. She has therapy twice a week now, alternating visits at home and at the office. She is now 2 -1/2. Her progress has been significant--I notice big changes every week. I was worried that she was not going to be ready to start school because she was so far behind. Thanks to Stephanie and Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia I no longer have that concern. My advice to parents just starting with therapy: Be patient when therapy first starts, learn as much as you can from the therapists, remember the therapists are not judging or criticizing but are providing you with new helpful information, be positive when you take your child to therapy because your child will take their cue from you. CPD is definitely the right place for expert, caring and effective pediatric therapy!
I was originally referred to Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia by my Lactation Consultant when my son was around 2 months old and I was exhausted and completely stressed out from dealing with a child who screamed for hours after he ate. Joan knew exactly what was wrong and took care of the screaming on the first visit and showed me how to pace him along with other advice to help with his reflux. Since then we have seen Joan and Morgan.My son is almost 9 months old. I drive almost an hour once a week to see them because I know it is the best thing for my son, and I am a single mother on a very strict budget. Everyone in the practice has been extremely helpful from Shirley at the front desk to Joan and Morgan. There are several times that I don't know what I would do with out them. Everyone in the office is very positive and full of helpful information with loving, caring advice because they genuinely love children and only want the best for them.
Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia is AMAZING! My daughter started going there for feeding therapy when she was just 6 months old. She had many medical issues and many were figured out through therapy that even her pediatrician wasn't able to. We learned that she aspirated liquids and were taught how to properly thicken them. She had no idea how to eat solid foods and through 14 months of feeding therapy, with steady and ongoing progress, she graduated and has maintained the eating skills that she learned for that past 8 months! She did SO well with feeding therapy that when we were recommended to another practice for Speech therapy in June, we immediately wanted to come right back to Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia! In June (at 2 years old), my daughter could barely express herself. She had less than 10 words and daily living was so frustrating due to her inability to communicate. Now 4 months later she is doing wonderful! She tells me what she wants, completes 2-3 word sentences, points to pictures and identifies objects and she's even attempting to sing along to songs!!! All of this is owed to the hard work that her therapist and the staff at Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia puts in every single time we see them! Not only is it a great experience every time we go to therapy, but now it's a great experience every day at home with my daughter.
Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia made all the difference in my son's therapy. Stephanie from CPD made more progress with him in his first session than three previous therapists from other practices made in many, many appointments. She is patient, keenly observant, and just so incredibly fantastic at what she does. Everyone at the practice is very nice and professional, and they have gone out of their way to make therapy affordable and convenient for our family.
As a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom to many children I have been very happy with the help received in my home from NCPD. Stephanie works with our DS son (3 1/2) once a week for 1.5 hours with both speech and feeding issues. Progress is occurring, often in bursts which I feel are related more to his condition, as Stephanie is very patient and consistent in her approach, as well as keeping me informed of the steps we need to take to insure progress continues.
I took my just turned 5 month old baby on a recommendation from her doctor because of problems with inconsistent eating. It was the worst experience. They were so judgmental, condescending and rude. They were trying to pressure me into getting my daughters tongue clipped when I have never heard that concern from 2 pediatricians or a lactation consultant. They also were ugly to me about not feeding her solid foods yet and made me feel like a horrible mom; when I am a very good mom who loves my baby more than anything. Our pediatrician just gave us the green light to start cereal for her 2 days before our visit and said to wait until she turned 6 months for vegetables. They were like you have not given her avocado yet-what is wrong with you. They contradicted everything our pediatrician said so I called the pediatricians office after my visit and let them know what a bad experience we had. Also, while I was in the lobby waiting with my daughter I heard two of the therapist talking and they said “Yeah a mom dropped her kid off for therapy here but she just uses us like a daycare so she can shop on this side of town. She doesn’t care how his therapy or eating exercises are going” Either they did not care that I heard that or did not think that I was listening, but I knew from that moment this was not a good place. Please don’t take your babies to see these people.
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