Feeding Therapy -> Behavior


Common behavioral concerns faced by parents include: solid or liquid refusal, physical and verbal protest, refusal to self-feed, throwing food, expelling food, gagging or coughing, selectivity by texture, type or color, as well as vomiting. Research on this subject has determined that there are three common consequences that maintain the problematic behaviors surrounding feeding disorders. They include providing escape (e.g. ending the meal, or removing the non-preferred food), attention (can be in the form of coaxing, comforting, or reprimands) or access to preferred items or food, with escape being the most common consequence following problematic mealtime behavior.

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Therapists who selected this major focus area as their top area of expertise.

  • Alexa Perry

    Alexa Perry

    Therapist CF-SLP

    New CF finding her way!

    • Sidekick Therapy Partners Sidekick Therapy Partners

Goal Bank

  • Laura will tolerate the least restrictive diet without signs/ symptoms of aspiration, dehydration, or malnutrition typical for developmental peers in 5 of5 attempts as measured by clinician observation and data collection over 5 therapy sessions to improve overall feeding and nutrition skills.

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Related Disorder(s)

  • Feeding disorders - A feeding disorder, in infancy or early childhood, is a child's refusal to eat certain food groups, textures, solids or liquids for a period of at least one month, which causes the child to not gain enough weight, grow naturally or cause any developmental delays.
  • Eating disorders - Eating disorders are behavioral conditions characterized by severe and persistent disturbance in eating behaviors and associated distressing thoughts and emotions. They can be very serious conditions affecting physical, psychological and social function. Types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, other specified feeding and eating disorder, pica and rumination disorder.

Reference links

  • Feeding Therapy (and Picky Eating) Author: Sensory Kids - There are many reasons why a child can have difficulty with feeding. At Sensory Kids we look at the whole picture, taking in your child’s unique needs and strengths and your family routines and priorities to help develop a comprehensive approach to mealtime and eating. What is Feeding Therapy? Feeding and the act of eating … Continue reading Feeding Therapy (and Picky Eating)
  • A Behavioral Approach to Feeding Therapy Author: Verbal Beginnings - Parents of young children more than likely have experienced various levels of pickiness when it comes to getting their children to eat or experience new or different foods. And if you are wondering: “is it just me?” studies have found that this is a rather common problem. About 25% of typically developing children display some forms of picky eating. If you are a parent of a child with developmental disabilities, chances are you have encountered this more often, as it is estimated that 33% of children with disabilities present with feeding difficulties. And if you are a parent of a child with autism, well, you more than likely have a breadth of experience with feeding difficulties as some estimates place the rates of prevalence at about 70% for this population.