Follow 10-year-old Jake on a virtual tour of the Feeding Program at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR’s) Brook Road Campus. The bright and colorful spaces, ocean themed halls and pediatric focused equipment are specifically designed to meet the specific needs of children. Whether a child has a medical, behavioral or developmental problem that hinders their ability to eat normally, CHoR’s friendly interdisciplinary team of pediatric specialists is dedicated to help each child overcome feeding issues and establish good habits.
“The Feeding Program and the team at CHoR have been such a blessing in our lives. Learning to overcome food anxiety has changed my 5-year-old son Conor’s life both socially and emotionally,” said Shannon, Conor’s Mother. “With help from this program, Conor has begun to master his anxiety and I know his future is so much brighter!”
From picky eaters to food allergies to fad diets, CHoR understands that feeding your family is not as simple as it might seem which is why the Feeding Program team includes specialists in behavioral psychology, nutrition, feeding therapy, social work and nursing. The program also provides therapy sessions to train family members and other caregivers to manage problematic feeding issues at home and offers family support groups.
“It was such a relief to know that there was help and that there were other people who shared Conor’s anxiety over eating,” said Shannon. “We had tried everything we could think of to help Conor at home, and no amount of bribery, punishment or reward would work. We knew we couldn’t do it alone and that CHoR was the answer we had been searching for.”
Take a virtual video tour of the facility for an inside look into CHoR’s Feeding Program. See if you can find what underwater animal is on the right door on the way to the treatment room. Have you found it? Submit your answer on our Facebook page for a chance to win a $50 Target gift card! Be sure to check back soon for a tour of other CHoR facilities.