Raleigh >Health Care Professionals > Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia
3714 Benson Drive, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760935.834159 -78.618230
8 am to 5 pm
Neighborhoods: North Hills
Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia came highly recommended to me by many people. My son has had issues transitioning to solid foods.
We did feeding therapy once a week for nearly 4 months, starting when he was around 8 months old with zero progress. We followed their rules strictly and did all of the exercises at home, leading to frustration and misery at mealtimes. Still, no progress. We were strongly discouraged from trying finger foods or solids because it would interfere with the "program". It seems their "program" is there to ensure that they get the most from your health insurance by inhibiting progress.
I kept believing that they knew what they were doing and, naively, kept taking my son there.
Early on, we met with two lovely young ladies, Stephanie and Morgan, who seemed genuinely interested in helping. About two months in, we started seeing Joan and Joan brought a second therapist to our sessions. The sessions with Joan were hellish. She and her crony were judgmental and used a lot of scare tactics when I suggested that we start meeting once every other week instead of every week. I felt like it was becoming a waste of time, gas money and copays because every appointment was the same, and we weren't making any progress. They would give each other knowing glances like I was in under-informed idiot and would talk about the fact that if we didn't come once a week, my son would be doomed to have speech problems and problems with his teeth.
I'm an attachment parent and was told on multiple occasions that I needed to "Ferberize" my son and wean him. I thought that was interesting since Joan is well known for helping breastfeeding mothers. They made me feel like a terrible mother and that I was dooming him to a life of terrible teeth and speech problems. I left the last two visits and cried in my car before being able to compose myself enough to drive away.
My son is in on-site daycare where I work. There are physical, occupational and speech therapists who come to the daycare to offer services. On many occasions I was encouraged by Joan to talk to my daycare about helping to get Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia therapists in the door. I never did it because I wasn't 100% convinced that they could help anyone with anything except early breastfeeding issues. I'm glad now that I never recommended them.
If you're looking for people to gang up on you, make you feel like an idiot for asking questions, questioning your parenting style and judging you, Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia is the place for you. If you want to make zero progress and have a therapist drag things out in an effort to make more money off of you, Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia fits the bill.
If you're looking for a caring environment to help your child, seek help elsewhere. I have, and within one visit my son has made improvements. Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia is not the only game in town when it comes to feeding therapy.
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