Clinical Outcomes from an Interdisciplinary Outpatient Feeding Treatment Pilot Program

J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2023 May 13. doi: 10.1007/s10880-023-09963-3. Online ahead of print.


Many children with developmental disabilities experience feeding challenges, including food refusal and food selectivity. Feeding concerns are often multifaceted and, therefore, an interdisciplinary approach to treatment is needed. A pilot of an interdisciplinary outpatient feeding program was conducted in a hospital medical center by psychologists and occupational therapists. The pilot program focused on caregiver training and improvements in targeted feeding goals in both the clinic and home settings. Treatment outcomes from this pilot program found increases in bite acceptance, decreases in inappropriate mealtime behaviors, increases in caregiver-reported number of foods consumed, and mastery of most individualized feeding goals for children who participated in the treatment program. Additionally, caregivers reported decreased concerns related to feeding and increased confidence in addressing their child’s feeding concerns after participation in the treatment. Caregivers also reported high levels of satisfaction with this pilot program and reported the intervention to be feasible.

PMID:37178340 | DOI:10.1007/s10880-023-09963-3

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