We Offer Behavioral Feeding Therapy
Is your child a picky eater? Foods that children with selectivity issues will often eat (e.g. carbohydrates, sugars and fats) lack nutritional value which over time may result in malnutrition, or other potentially serious health conditions. Food selectivity not only affects one’s nutritional health but has social implications as well.
Research has shown that a large number of children with autism have aversions to certain foods due to texture, smell, color or brand specificity. Children also may refuse to eat certain foods due simply to the fact that they have never eaten it before. Trying to get a child to eat certain foods that they have an aversion to may cause challenging behaviors such as tantrums or aggression and in some cases gagging and vomiting. As a result, mealtimes often become stressful events for a child and family.
At Applied Behavioral Strategies, we offer behavioral feeding therapy in the setting where the child’s feeding difficulties are experienced. This may be in your home, school or other community setting. Feeding therapy for picky eaters may be completed in as little as one week. However, older children/adolescents and adults with picky eating habits may take longer.
We will first complete a comprehensive intake assessment to rule out any physiological reasons for feeding difficulty. Next, we will conduct a series of assessments to help determine mealtime routines/patterns of eating, preferences, reasons for food refusal or selectivity and conditions that are associated with success or failure to eat. Data collection and analysis is an important component of any feeding therapy allowing the intervention team to monitor the effectiveness of the intervention.
It is also important to foster independent eating skills. To achieve this, we encourage participation of all members of your child’s team including family members, extended family members, teachers, related therapy providers and ABA team members.
Our feeding services may be covered by your health insurance depending on the diagnosis and medical necessity of the concern. For more information on Behavioral Feeding Therapy, download our brochure.