• FirstStages Feeding Specialists aims to:

  • Identify the complexities of oral feeding, the child's feeding issues, and the feeding impact on the parent-child relationship.

  • •Provide evidence-based assessment and intervention for prompt, long-lasting remedy.

  • •Collaborate with families and the medical team to prevent long-term feeding issues.



We believe that early identification, referral to a feeding specialist, understanding and responding to the child's cues with feeding helps to:
• Protect the parent-child relationship
• Tease out medical issues swiftly
• Avoid unnecessary medical procedures
• Lessen or eliminate the impact of a behavioral feeding disorder
• Decrease the need for long-term feeding therapy.



Ann Marie is married with three boys, who keep her running, laughing and loving. She received her BS in Speech-Language Pathology from Marquette University in 1997 and her MS in Speech Language Pathology from Gallaudet University in 1999. Her work experience includes NICU level III care, in and out-patient hospital experience, early intervention and private practice. Her experience supports the positive effects of a child-centered approach to treatment that seeks to discover reasons children refuse food, empower families to understand refusal and pleasure cues with feeding, and guide children and families towards enjoyment of family meals together.


FirstStages works in collaboration with other feeding therapists to bring research and evidence to the forefront and to unify a child-driven, family-centered approach to feeding assessments and interventions. We are piloting our "FUN" feeding questionnaire with pediatric feeding therapists to determine ways to elicit the best outcomes for children with feeding issues. If you would like to join effort bringing light and evidence to a child-driven approach of intervention, please contact us!

Join us in contributing to:
Evidence-based practice
Empowering parents to understand and treat their child's feeding issue
Collaboration with medical staff
Facilitation of peaceful family mealtimes.




p: (703) 901-7277

f: (703) 373-8785

Home-Based Services: Reston, Herndon, Chantilly, Sterling, Fairfax, McLean and Vienna

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