Picky, Selective, ARFID? Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Difficulties
With the fairly new diagnosis of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) to the DSM-5, the eating disorders field is publishing new research about the treatment of childhood feeding concerns. At the same time, childhood feeding experts continue to focus their research on responsive feeding approaches to treatment. At times, this research is complementary and, at other times, contradictory. RDNs working in either the pediatric feeding or eating disorders field, or both, must understand the research and best practices for treating childhood feeding difficulties and when referral to other specialists is necessary. This requires an understanding of responsive feeding approaches to childhood feeding difficulties. In this session, pediatric and eating disorders experts, a speech and language pathologist and a registered dietitian nutritionist, will present the latest research, methods of assessment, and best practices for treating the pediatric patient with feeding difficulties. The session will include presentation of complex cases and coordination of care with a multidisciplinary team.
- Demonstrate understanding of the diagnostic criteria for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.
- Assess and categorize a presenting childhood feeding difficulty case in regards to behavioral issues, organic conditions, and caregiver feeding styles.
- Recognize red flags for pediatric sensorimotor delays necessitating referral to a feeding specialist.
- 4.1.1 Demonstrates effective problem solving and
professional judgment to address a need.
- 6.2.1 Uses established benchmarking and best
practices to inform practice.
- 8.2.3 Implements individualized services to reflect
customer-centered approach as it pertains to the
customer’s physical, social, cultural, institutional and
Elizabeth Davenport, MPH, RDN, LD
Sunny Side Up Nutrition and Pinney Davenport Nutrition
Anna Lutz, MPH, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S
Lutz, Alexander & Associates Nutrition Therapy
Jennifer McGlothlin, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC
Speech-Language Pathologist/Faculty Associate
University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center