What to do when a child will not eat: Feeding Disorders and Developmental Delays Part II of II by Katherine Guttshall, MA, BCBA

On July 30, 2009, 4:51 pm

Pediatric feeding disorders are characterized by a child's inability to take in the appropriate amount of food and liquid necessary to maintain growth. Feeding disorders are displayed in many forms.

Development of the disorder can be attributed to medical complications or behavioral considerations. However, it is most likely that an interaction of two or more factors produce the feeding problems. Through the application of behavior analytic principles, successful treatment can be reached. The ultimate goal is for the child to have age appropriate eating skills, generalize treatment gains to home, school, and community, and to train all caregivers to correctly implement the child's protocol.

Katherine Guttshall, MA, BCBAis a Supervisor at CARD Specialized Outpatient Services in Tarzana, CA. Her interests include bringing the best research practices within ABA to the outpatient setting. Her current clientele include children with and without developmental disorders who present with challenging behaviors, including feeding disorders, aggression, and cooperation with medical procedures. Kate has presented at numerous national conferences and has been published in the field of applied behavior analysis.

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