Using a chaser to decrease packing in children with feeding disorders

Petula C.M. Vaz, Cathleen C. Piazza, Victoria Stewart, Valerie M. Volkert, Rebecca A. Groff, Meeta R. Patel

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Packing is a problematic mealtime behavior that is characterized by pocketing or holding solids or liquids in the mouth without swallowing. In the current study, we examined the effects of a chaser, a liquid or solid consistently accepted and swallowed by the child, to decrease packing of solid foods in 3 children with feeding disorders. During the chaser procedure, the therapist presented the chaser immediately for 2 children or 15 s after each bite presentation for 1 child. The chaser was effective in decreasing packing for all 3 children. The results are discussed in terms of the clinical importance of the findings and directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-105
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Chaser
  • Feeding disorders
  • Packing
  • Pediatric feeding disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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