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Making an Appointment

How Do I Make an Appointment?

Contact us at 978-934-8598. You will need to complete a Referral Form from your child's pediatrician. Referrals can be faxed along with the child's growth chart, medical history and previous lab work to: 978-934-8358.

Clinic Hours: The clinic is open Monday and Tuesday, 9 am - 5:30 pm by appointment only.

How should I prepare for my initial appointment?

When your appointment is scheduled, we will mail you a welcome packet with information about the clinic and staff along with a Questionnaire and Food Log. The initial appointment can last 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Please complete the questionnaire and food log at home and bring them to your child's appointment along with any other specialist records.

Your First Visit

At your first visit, you may meet with the following specialists trained in nutrition, sensory based feeding difficulties and growth issues:

  • Medical doctor or nurse practitioner
  • Dietitian / feeding specialist
  • Social worker
  • Speech-language pathologist / feeding specialist

Height and weight will be measured and a full assessment of your child’s growth and nutritional status will be completed, including a review of all the foods your child eats, refuses, or has difficulty tolerating.

In addition, other services such as a feeding or swallowing evaluation by our Speech Pathologies and enrollment in our group feeding to work on food sensory issues to expand foods tolerated may be recommended.  Our successful “Lunch Club” provides small group feeding therapy and parent support for children enrolled in the clinic with severe feeding difficulties. 

At every visit, you will receive a written summary of the visit with recommendations and date of your next appointment.  You are always welcome to call with questions between appointments.

Outreach Services

Along with your Primary Care Physician (PCP), collaboration and referrals to other local agencies and services such as WIC, SNAP, Early Intervention, Head Start or school nurse may be made, if appropriate, to ensure children receive the specialized therapy they require without duplication of services. Inservice and education programs for medical, nursing, professional staffs and community groups are also available.

Follow-up Appointments

Recommendations may include direct intervention, consultation with other service providers, and if needed, medical tests. Follow up visits are scheduled based on the unique needs of your family. This may include observation of your child eating.  Sometimes you may be asked to feed your child or videotape your child eating at home.  In addition, staff  may conduct home visits or visit your child in his or her daycare setting.

Undernutrition at any age affects future behavior and learning potential. The earlier that help begins, the better. Some children have problems eating and growing.  Feeding difficulty is a complex problem, involving medical, developmental, nutritional and psychological factors.  Please don’t hesitate to ask for help with feeding issues or growth problems.

The Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Clinic is located at the Saints campus, Fourth Floor, Sullivan Building.

Hours: By appointment only, Monday and Tuesday, 9 am - 5:30 pm

Tel:  978-934-8458

Fax: 978-934-8358

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