Feeding Intervention programs are developed for children who show signs of food selectivity and designed to expand their food repertoires, volume, texture, and other food-related problems.
Research shows that food selectivity often fails to resolve without intervention. Research indicates that the sooner an intervention can occur, the more likely good eating habits will be established and last.
Key identifiers of food selectivity:
- Limited variety of food
- Limited types of texture
- Not eating enough
- Gagging when given a new food
- Vomiting when given a new food
- Refusal of foods
- Inappropriate mealtime behavior
Parent training is incorporated and treatment is generalized to the home environment, for an end goal of accepting a variety of food, eating together with the family, and increasing the overall nutritional value of meals.
- Expanding food and liquid variety
- Increasing Volume
- Use of utensils
- Reduction of vomiting
- Cup drinking
Evidence-based feeding intervention utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the only intervention that has proven to be effective through research and replication.