Food refusal refers to the set of behaviors that interfere with proper nutritional and/or caloric intake. As many as 50 percent of children experience some degree of feeding difficulties. There are many complicated medical, psychological, and behavioral factors that affect how and if a child will eat. Our program uses a behavioral approach to treating food refusal, therefore, it is important that all medial causes for food refusal are fully addressed before entering your child into our program.
Children typically refuse food in one or more of the ways listed below:
According to scientific research, behavior analysis is the most effective approach to treating children with severe food refusal. Applied behavior analysis helps us understand why your child does not eat and how to decrease their food refusal behaviors. Individualized treatment plans are developed based on the ongoing assessments of your child's eating behavior, scientifically proven treatment methods, and caregiver input. Goals for each child are also established to clearly define how your child will be successful in our program.
A primary goal of treatment is to improve your child's quality of life by getting them to EAT! In order to do so, we must replace those problematic mealtime behaviors with appropriate mealtime behaviors, increase the consumption of new foods, and provide ongoing caregiver training.
Over time, food refusal can have serious consequences, including failure to thrive, developmental delays, behavioral problems, and a strain on family relationships. If your child displays severe food refusal and you are worried about it affecting their health, then call us today to schedule a consultation. Phone: 786-571-5726 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org