Feeding & Eating Evaluations

The New Mexico SAFE (Supports and Assessment for Feeding and Eating) Pediatric Resource Team provides feeding evaluations and recommendations for children with feeding difficulties, e.g. autism spectrum disorders (ASD), behavior difficulties, and medical concerns. Feeding assessment focuses on behavioral feeding issues, oral motor function, positioning, adaptive equipment, food textures, health screening and diet analysis.

Services we provide:

  • Clinical assessment team with expertise in swallowing disorders and feeding difficulties
  • A detailed written report of the assessment with recommendations
  • Assistance in locating appropriate community resources
  • Support to develop a mealtime program for children who require a detailed “how to” feeding instruction


Who Can Refer?

Referrals can be made to the NM SAFE Program by anybody, such as:

  • Family members
  • Nutritionists
  • Physicians and nurses
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Speech and language pathologists
  • Teachers
  • Early interventionists
  • Residential care staff
  • Case managers
  • Guardians

How does it work?

  • A referral is made to the NM SAFE Program.
  • An intake packet is completed.
  • The child’s family will be invited to a clinic-based feeding assessment.
  • Throughout the assessment, the family care providers will be present as active participants.
  • A follow -up consultation may be arranged within 1 to 6 months of the assessment, if requested.
  • Specific written recommendations will be given at the end of the assessment.
  • A detailed written report will be sent four weeks after the assessment.

Street Address
2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Contact Numbers
Phone: (505) 272-3000
Fax: (505) 272-2014

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