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Research Article  |   October 1991
An Infant and Toddler Feeding Group Program
Author Affiliations
  • Jacquelyn L. Chamberlin, MA, OTR/L, is Developmental Specialist, Department of Newborn Medicine, Children’s Medical Center, 1 Children’s Plaza, Dayton, Ohio 45404
  • Michele M. Henry, PhD, is Pediatric Psychologist, Department of Psychology, Children’s Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio
  • Juanita D. Roberts, MS, CCC-SP, is Speech–Language Pathologist, Dayton Public Schools, Dayton, Ohio
  • Amy L. Sapsford, RD, is Dietitian Specialist, Clinical Nutrition Services, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sherry E. Courtney, MD, MS, is Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
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Research Article   |   October 1991
An Infant and Toddler Feeding Group Program
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1991, Vol. 45, 907-911. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.10.907
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1991, Vol. 45, 907-911. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.10.907
Abstract

At Children’s Medical Center of Dayton, Ohio, several children whose early oral feedings were delayed or especially difficult due to physical problems became resistant and exhibited aversive behaviors when oral feeding was introduced. A support group, which lasted for 9 months, was initiated with six of these children and their families. In the group, professionals provided the families with general information about nutrition and behavior and with individualized intervention strategies for the nutritional and behavioral management of their child’s specific problems. The families contributed mutual support and problem solving strategies through the group process. Each child demonstrated progress during the 9-month period, which suggests that intervention in a support-group format can be a successful alternative to an individual inpatient program for eating disorders in some young children.