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Making an Appointment

Call us to make an appointment. You will need to complete a Referral Form from your child's pediatrician. Referrals should be faxed to us along with the child's growth chart, medical history and previous lab work. 

Clinic Phone: 978-934-8458
Clinic Fax: 

Clinic Hours: The clinic is open Monday and Tuesday, 9 am - 5 pm by appointment only. Feeding therapy groups are usually held on Thursdays at 10 am.

Clinic Location: The Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Clinic is located at the Lowell General Hospital Saints campus, Sullivan Building, Fourth Floor.

Preparing for Your First Visit

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.

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.

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.

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