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Helping the Child Who Won’t Eat: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Assessing and Treating Pediatric Feeding Disorders

by Kellie Hilker, Ph.D. 3 CE Credits

All children go through periods of poor oral intake and picky eating; however, severe food refusal and selectivity can negatively impact a child’s health and development. Feeding disorders have a variety of presentations that could include total refusal of oral feeding with complete dependence on gastrostomy tube feedings, or a selective diet including only one or two foods a child may eat. Multiple factors may be related to the onset of a feeding disorder including illness, inability to chew and swallow, and behavioral mismanagement during meals. Due to the multiple causal factors and the interaction between these factors, children with severe food refusal and food selectivity present with a host of challenges to assessment and treatment. An interdisciplinary team involving physicians, nurses, nutritionists, speech and occupational therapists, and psychologists is crucial to successfully assess children with feeding disorders. This course presents an interdisciplinary approach necessary to develop and implement effective interventions for children with pediatric feeding disorders.

Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Normal Development of Feeding Skills
  • Diagnosis and Classification of Feeding Disorders
  • Prevalence
  • Onset and Etiology
  • Assessment
  • Treatment Interventions
  • Treatment-Related Considerations
  • Future Directions
  • Summary
  • Web-based Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Recognize and describe the three major etiological categories of pediatric feeding disorders.
  • Describe the five potential components of a thorough interdisciplinary assessment for children with pediatric feeding disorders and the six disciplines that comprise the core group of professionals for such an evaluation.
  • Identify two interventions for pediatric feeding disorders that are empirically supported.