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Saturday December 16, 2017
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Jupiter Medical Center Announces New Pediatric Therapy Program

Children with feeding and swallowing difficulties can now be evaluated and treated at Jupiter Medical Center’s (JMC) Pediatric Therapy department, which recently launched Northern Palm Beach and Martin County’s only Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing program.

One of the first children helped by the new program is Marco Hecimovich, who at a year old was unable to swallow solids, even baby food, without vomiting. Surviving on formula and milk, due to severe reflux, he developed a natural defense mechanism against swallowing any food. When an endoscopy revealed no obstructions in his throat or stomach, his pediatric gastroenterologist advised Michael and Gabriella Hecimovich to have Marco evaluated and treated at a swallowing therapy program.
 
Through the JMC program, Connie Guarneri, Speech Language Pathologist, worked with Marco for six months, three times a week. She first introduced Marco to different textures and desensitized his mouth. While he had swallowing trouble initially, with his therapist’s patience and diligence, he progressed rapidly from liquids thickened with cereal to chunkier baby food to learning how to use his tongue and teeth for chewing.
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