Intensive Day Treatment Program

The day treatment option was developed as an alternative to inpatient admissions for the treatment of pediatric feeding problems. Day treatment will offer the same intensive treatment as an inpatient admission and be available for patients who do not require medical monitoring overnight. All day treatment patients will have undergone a comprehensive evaluation by the Feeding Program.

Children are referred for intensive treatment after they have failed outpatient or home-based therapy. Most of the children seen in our intensive program are either dependent on supplemental feedings or at severe nutritional risk. The children enrolled in our intensive program have had one or more of the following feeding problems:

  • Food Refusal      
  • Food Selectivity by type   
  • Food Selectivity by texture
  • Oral Motor Dysfunction  
  • Feeding Tube Dependence    
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Self-Feeding Deficits
  • Adipsia
  • Mealtime Tantrums

Phone:  717-531-7117
Fax:  717-531-0720
Mailing Address:

905 W Governor Rd
Suite 350
Hershey, PA  17033


Children who are admitted for day treatment will brought to the Feeding Program in the morning and spend their day at the Medical Center. All of the child’s meals will be fed at the Medical Center. Most children will have 5 to 10 feeding sessions per day. The length of each feeding therapy session varies in length depending on the needs and limitations of the child. Typically, feeding therapy sessions last from 20 to 35 minutes. All of the feeding therapy sessions are conducted by one of the program’s feeding therapists or by the child’s caregivers if parent training is being conducted.

Our day program has its own playroom and nap room. If appropriate, children in the day treatment program can begin toilet training.

Each case is supervised by a Pediatric Gastroenterologist and a Psychologist. Each case is monitored by a nutritionist. An interdisciplinary treatment approach is used for each day treatment case.

Children from outside of the area can stay in the nearby Ronald McDonald House or arrange for other lodging.