Research shows that children who consistently do not eat enough or who do not eat the right types of food may be at risk for a number of health, developmental and social concerns.
Fortunately behavioral therapy has also been proven to be effective for treating feeding problems in children
Persistent inadequate intake or substantially unbalanced diets can result in weight loss, malnutrition, lethargy, and even impaired mental or physical development, not to mention families of children with feeding problems are at high risk for stress and mental health issues themselves. Thus, the successful treatment of feeding problems has a number of important implications, such as improved health in children, improved quality of life for children and families, decreased mental health problems in families, and reduced risk of long-term eating problems; fortunately behavioral therapy has also been proven to be effective for treating feeding problems in children.
Behavioral interventions have been demonstrated to be effective for producing advancements in feeding, reducing feeding issues, and enabling the child and their family to not only increase the number and variety of foods in their repertoire, but also go out to eat to restaurants and develop meal preparation skills and independence in mealtime routines. Utlizing a multi-component treatment package consisting of positive reinforcement, escape extinction, and heavy caregiver invovlement, we can help your child overcome feeding issues, whether they are a picky eater or have a severely restricted diet.