University of Wisconsin–Madison

Feeding Team


The Waisman Center Clinics provide comprehensive clinical care and support for children with disabilities and their families. The Waisman Center Feeding Team is a partnership with UW Health and the American Family Children’s Hospital. The Feeding Team works with children over 12 months of age with developmental disabilities who need help to be successful eaters. The Feeding Team includes a  developmental pediatrician, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, a clinical psychologist, a pediatric dietitian, a social worker, and the clinic coordinator.

Appropriate referrals are:

  • Children with feeding problems related to congenital anomalies or early complications of severe illness
  • Children who have difficulty sucking, drinking, chewing, or swallowing due to oromotor, orosensory, or developmental disability
  • Children who are transitioning from tube to oral feedings
  • Children whose behaviors have limited their oral intake significantly
  • Children with failure to thrive due to feeding skills interfering with intake


If you are interested in an appointment, please have your/your child’s primary care provider fill out a referral at  We will call you to schedule an appointment once we have processed the referral.

  • Prior to your appointment, a packet of materials will be sent to you including directions to the Waisman Center and a parking permit. Park in the designated BLUE visitor and client parking stalls. (See map and directions on back.)
  • A Feeding Team member will conduct an intake interview to collect feeding and medical history.
  • Our clinic is located on the first floor of the Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Avenue. Plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Check in at the clinic reception desk located just beyond the Waisman Center’s main lobby.
  • A medical assistant will obtain your child’s height, weight, pulse and blood pressure. You and your child will be taken to an examination room.
  • The Feeding Team coordinator will review intake information to design an interdisciplinary assessment.
  • There will be an observation of your child eating/being fed and an evaluation of eating skills, diet, and growth.
  • A developmental pediatrician will obtain a thorough health history, examine your child, discuss the evaluation and answer any questions.
  • The Feeding Team will provide initial recommendations at the conclusion of the first visit and make referrals to and coordinate with appropriate community resources including Birth to 3, clinical services and/or school personnel.
  • The Feeding Team will coordinate follow up and monitoring of feeding goals.

NOTE: Full visit information will be shared in writing with you and your child’s primary health care provider, subspecialists, and others as indicated by signed release of information forms.


  • Optimize growth and nutrition intake.
  • Help families develop their child’s feeding skills and behaviors appropriate for their child’s developmental level.
  • Coordinate local resources to help children and families with feeding problems.
  • Support families as they work to improve their child’s feeding

Team Leader

Maria Stanley, MD

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

Team Coordinator

Lynn Havemann, MA

Family Navigator


Sharon Gartland, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Catherine J. Nelson, APNP

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner