Feeding Clinic (NM SAFE)

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

We serve Infants and children, birth - 17 years, with feeding or eating concerns like:

  • Aspiration
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Sucking
  • Swallowing
  • Positioning and/or seating
  • Transitioning from tube to oral feeding or oral to tube feeding
  • Eating a variety of textured foods
  • Chewing
  • Drinking liquids
  • Self-feeding
  • Mealtime behaviors (“picky” eating, food refusal)

Services We Provide

  • A multi-disciplinary, developmental assessment team with expertise in feeding and eating difficulties
  • A detailed written report of the assessment with recommendations
  • Referral and assistance in locating appropriate community resources
  • Support to develop a mealtime program for children who require a detailed “how to” feeding instruction

Complete a Referral

Submit a referral for the NM SAFE Program. Referrals can be submitted by anyone.

How it Works

  • Refer the child to NM SAFE. You may call, or find the intake packet below
  • Complete intake packet. Clinicians will review the case, and may request additional information or records.
  • NM SAFE will schedule appointments for telehealth or clinic visits.
  • Throughout the assessment, the child’s family will be active participants.
  • NM SAFE providers can provide 1-2 follow up visits after the evaluation, if needed.
  • The assessment team will provide recommendations at the end of the assessment, and send a detailed written report.
  • NM SAFE services are provided at no cost to families. Medicaid or private insurance will be billed if available.

Important Forms

Educational Services

  • Community trainings and outreach
  • Technical assistance, support, and continuing education for professionals
  • Education for graduate and undergraduate students in related healthcare fields