A comparison of sensory integrative and behavioral therapies as treatment for pediatric feeding disorders

Laura R. Addison, Cathleen C. Piazza, Meeta R. Patel, Melanie H. Bachmeyer, Kristi M. Rivas, Suzanne M. Milnes, Jackie Oddo

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We compared the effects of escape extinction (EE) plus noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) with sensory integration therapy as treatment for the feeding problems of 2 children. Results indicated that EE plus NCR was more effective in increasing acceptance, decreasing inappropriate behavior, and increasing amount consumed relative to sensory integration for both children. The results are discussed in terms of the challenges of evaluating sensoryintegration-based treatments, and the reasons why component analyses of multicomponent treatments like sensory integration are important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-471
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012



  • Escape extinction
  • Feeding disorders
  • Food refusal
  • Food selectivity
  • Noncontingent reinforcement
  • Pediatric feeding disorders
  • Sensory integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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