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The Kapila Family Foundation Feeding Disorders Clinic at NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development to Offer Services for Free through June 2019


FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – The Kapila Family Foundation Feeding Disorders Clinic at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Mailman Segal Center has received a grant in the amount of $669,282 from the State of Florida Department of Education that will fund feeding services through June 2019.  The clinic is one of seven of its kind in the country and the only one of its kind in South Florida that provides comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment for children.

Senator Lauren Book and Representative Jared Moskowitz supported this award, which will cover the necessary costs for NSU’s Mailman Segal Center to provide clinical services and parent support for over 100 children in the State of Florida. feeding clinic

“We are honored and grateful to be the recipient of this funding for the Kapila Family Foundation Feeding Disorders Clinic,” said Roni Cohen Leiderman, Ph.D., Dean of NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. “By offering these clinical services at no cost to children who reside in the State of Florida, many more children will receive our evidence-based treatment that has a remarkably high success rate.”

The Feeding Disorders Clinic works with an inter-professional team that treats children who refuse to eat an adequate volume of food or for those who eat an insufficient and limited variety of food.  Without appropriate clinical treatment, many of these children may experience numerous hospital stays, medical crises and surgically implanted tube feedings to support their nutritional intakes. With the help of behavioral psychology, nutrition and speech pathology focusing on oral-motor concerns, the clinic provides comprehensive evaluation and intervention services.

“When a child has a problem with feeding, it is something that affects the whole family and often one simple solution does not exist,” stated Roseanne Lesack, Ph.D., BCBA-D, ABPP, director of the Feeding Disorders Clinic. “We have a multidisciplinary team that works with not only the child but the whole family which has resulted in a 92% success rate for patients treated here at NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development.”

Both intensive and outpatient services are available to best match each child’s specific feeding concerns. For more information, please call 954-262-CARE.


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About the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development: Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC) is a multi-disciplinary demonstration and professional development center for education, research and the advancement of knowledge in the fields of  early childhood, autism and infant mental health. The integration within NSU’s wider community of higher education supports its commitment to quality educational and clinical programs and positions MSC for preeminence in their fields.  For more information, please visit


About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and is a dynamic, private research university providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. Established in 1964, NSU now includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, which is Florida’s largest public library. NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please visit


December 7, 2018

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