University of North Carolina Wilmington Psychology Clinic

720 St. James Drive Wilmington, NC 28403

Tel: 910-660-8200

Fax: 910-660-8199

© 2017 by Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health

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Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program

What is the Pediatric Feeding Disorder Program?

We use an interdisciplinary approach to help children and adolescents with feeding problems become age-typical eaters through our assessment and treatment services. Our interdisciplinary team includes:

  • pediatric gastroenterology

  • behavioral psychology/applied behavior analysis

  • occupational/speech therapy

  • pediatric nutrition

 

Who Does the Pediatric Feeding Disorder Program Serve?

A child with feeding problems typically has difficulties related to eating or drinking, which may impact physical, social, and psychological development. Common symptoms include:

  • poor weight gain

  • feeding-tube dependence

  • bottle or formula dependence

  • extreme food selectivity

  • mealtime tantrums and excessive meal durations

  • inability or refusal to increase textures

  • inability or refusal to self-feed


What Treatment Approach is Used?

We develop individualized, research-supported, and data-driven treatment programs to help each child become an age-typical eater.  Our goal is to establish feeding patterns which can be maintained by parents and caregivers in the home and other settings. To this end, parents and caregivers are actively involved in the process and practice feeding their children's individualized treatment program, and we provide long-term, follow-up care. We collect data and assess outcomes regularly throughout the program.

 

What Type of Services Are Offered?

Our services include: 

  • Feeding Clinic - provides interdisciplinary evaluations for recommendations regarding further evaluations or treatment​​

  • Day Treatment Program - involves intensive daily therapy for 6 to 8 weeks with ongoing medical evaluation and treatment    

  • Outpatient Therapy Programserves children with feeding difficulties who can be treated with less intensive therapy or children receiving follow-up care after day treatment therapy

 

Director: Melanie Bachmeyer, PhD, LP, BCBA-D

To Make an Appointment

Phone: (910) - 660 - 8200

Fax: (910) - 660 - 8199

Email: info@centerforpbh.com

NOTE: We will schedule an evaluation after receiving a referral from your child's primary care physician. You will need to send a completed intake form prior to your child's evaluation. 

Referral form to be completed
by referring physician
Intake form to be 
completed by caregiver