Feeding & Swallowing Clinic

The Feeding & Swallowing Clinic serves children and youth in Durham Region, from birth to 16 years of age, who are suspected of, or have, feeding and/or swallowing difficulties.

A team of paediatricians, registered dietitians, and occupational therapists provide assessment and follow-up services.

Referrals are appropriate for the following:

  • Oral motor dysfunction – impacting breast/bottle feeding, oral solids (difficulty sucking, chewing, swallowing, gagging, and coughing).
  • Unable to meet nutrition needs resulting in poor weight gain due to oral dysfunction.
  • Severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) frequent spitting up.
  • Poor progress to age-appropriate textures.
  • Patients with high-risk of aspiration. Noisy breathing or gurgly voice before, during or after drinking and/or eating.
  • Difficulty with transitioning from enteral tube feed to oral feeding - nasogastric (NG) tube or gastrostomy (G) tube.Photo of FUN Clinic

The clinic is by appointment only. You will need a referral to be completed by your child’s doctor. The referral can be found under the referral forms section of the website.

Exclusion criteria:

Lakeridge Health does not have clinical expertise to service behavioural issues, mental health, or parent/child interaction difficulties related to poor feeding/nutrition.

Lakeridge Health does not offer video feeding and swallow studies. Please redirect to local hospitals who offer this service. Please consider the Hospital for Sick Children or Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation.

For the sole purpose of nutrition/dietitian consultation or picky eating, the child should be referred to a community dietitian or their family doctor.


905-576-8711 ext. 36390


Lakeridge Health Oshawa
3A, Rm. 20A

If you’re entering through the North entrance, go straight ahead, past the escalators until you reach the end of the hall. Turn left and follow that hallway to the A-wing elevator. When you reach the 3rd floor, turn right and continue to the FUNN Clinic check-in desk, which will be located on your right.

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