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Eating and Drinking

Eating and Drinking are two of the most important things children do for health and development. Mealtimes are also a time when children can learn important skills, and develop relationships. When a child is struggling with eating, it can be a huge challenge for the whole family.

Successful eating and drinking requires appropriate motor development throughout the body and mouth, normal sensory development, healthy routines, and most of all enjoyment of the experience!

There are several eating and drinking skills that can be a challenge for a child:

Typical Developmental Milestones and Red Flags

Below are some of the typical milestones to expect as your child grows, followed by some red flags that might indicate a problem. If you have a concern about your child at any age, you can contact us, or make a referral at any time.


By 1 month of age, your child will:


By 3-4 months of age, your child will:

By 5-6 months, your child will:

By 7-8 months, your child will:

Between 9-12 months, your child will:


Between 12-18 months, your child will:

By 24 months (2 years), your child will:

Between 2 and 3 years of age, your child will:

Red Flags for Eating and Drinking Problems

If your child is showing some of the following signs, it may be helpful to talk to your doctor or another health professional, such as a speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, dietician, or public health nurse. To make a referral to our centre, please click here.

How to Make a Referral

If you feel that Speech & Language Therapy would help your child, please feel free to contact the centre and/or make a referral.