Carol Krakower, M.A. CCC-SLP

Brook 35 Park

2130 Highway 35, Suite 311

Sea Girt, NJ 08750

Serving Monmouth County and Ocean County




Swallowing Disorders in Children

Swallowing disorders, also called dysphagia, can occur at different stages in the swallowing process. At the oral phase, the disorders impact sucking, chewing, and moving food or liquid into the throat. Swallowing disorders are correctable and require specialized therapy.

Children with oral phase swallowing disorders often experience:

  • long feeding times (e.g., more than 30 minutes)
  • difficulty chewing
  • coughing or gagging during meals
  • sometimes, drooling
  • sometimes, difficulty coordinating breathing with eating and drinking

Oral phase swallowing disorders in children are usually caused by something structural in the mouth.

Diagnosis and development of a treatment plan involve evaluating the strength and movement of muscles during swallowing. Proper oral posture, muscle tone and movements can be developed though targeted strength exercises.

Treatment for these disorders requires specialized therapy by a speech pathologist who has been trained in orofacial myology. Carol Krakower is one of the only Speech-Language Pathologists in New Jersey certified in orofacial myology. 

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