Brief Report  |   March 2018
A Call to Reexamine Quality of Life Through Relationship-Based Feeding
Author Affiliations
  • Patricia A. Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, is Assistant Professor, Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, Huntington University, Fort Wayne, IN; patricia.henton@huntington.edu
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention
Brief Report   |   March 2018
A Call to Reexamine Quality of Life Through Relationship-Based Feeding
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 2018, Vol. 72, 7203347010p1-7203347010p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.025650
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 2018, Vol. 72, 7203347010p1-7203347010p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.025650
Abstract

Feeding interventions that support family relationships enhance children’s daily participation in meaningful occupations at home. A critical review of the literature yielded several premises that support the development of a relationship-based feeding framework. The proposed theoretical framework, based on the Biopsychosocial Model of Pediatric Feeding (Berlin, Davies, Lobato, & Silverman, 2009) and the Ecological Model of Occupation (Dunn, Brown, & Youngstrom, 2003), is presented to guide feeding interventions for children with significant feeding difficulties. A case example that illustrates the practical application of this framework is provided. Further development of relationship-based feeding theory and research is recommended to improve the occupational performance and quality-of-life outcomes for children and their families.