Analysis of self-feeding in children with feeding disorders

Kristi M. Rivas, Cathleen C. Piazza, Henry S. Roane, Valerie M. Volkert, Victoria Stewart, Heather J. Kadey, Rebecca A. Groff

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Abstract

In the current investigation, we evaluated a method for increasing self-feeding with 3 children with a history of food refusal. The children never (2 children) or rarely (1 child) self-fed bites of food when the choice was between self-feeding and escape from eating. When the choice was between self-feeding 1 bite of food or being fed an identical bite of food, self-feeding was low (2 children) or variable (1 child). Levels of self-feeding increased for 2 children when the choice was between self-feeding 1 bite of food or being fed multiple bites of the same food. For the 3rd child, self-feeding increased when the choice was between self-feeding 1 bite of food or being fed multiple bites of a less preferred food. The results showed that altering the contingencies associated with being fed increased the probability of self-feeding, but the specific manipulations that produced self-feeding were unique to each child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)710-722
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

Keywords

  • choice
  • concurrent operants
  • feeding disorder
  • food refusal
  • food selectivity
  • pediatric feeding disorders
  • response effort
  • self-feeding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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    Rivas, K. M., Piazza, C. C., Roane, H. S., Volkert, V. M., Stewart, V., Kadey, H. J., & Groff, R. A. (2014). Analysis of self-feeding in children with feeding disorders. Journal of applied behavior analysis, 47(4), 710-722. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.170