Feeding Interventions for ‘Picky’ Eating: Self Determination Theory as a Framework for a Responsive Feeding Approach
October 13 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
Avoidant (or ‘picky’) eating in childhood is a very common challenge, affecting approximately 25% of children. Dietitians and nutritionists often find parents of these children coming to their offices. Food avoidance can be a difficult area for professionals to navigate because it covers a vast range of presentations, from developmentally normal neophobia to ARFID. In this presentation, we will be discussing recent work (Cormack, Rowell & Postavaru, 2020) on the role of the three ‘basic needs’ proposed by Self-determination theory (SDT): autonomy, relatedness and competence. The basic needs provide a simple but powerful framework which dietitians can use to shape their work with food avoidant children and their families.
Following this presentation, attendees will be able to consider the framework to:
- Aid effective assessment of pediatric feeding challenges
- Inform and guide their treatment plans
- Educate parents on a responsive approach to child feeding
- Gain a deeper understanding of ‘responsive feeding’ post infancy
Jo Cormack Bio:
Jo Cormack, MA, MBACP (Reg.) is a therapist specialising in feeding dynamics. Based in Lincoln, UK, she is in private practice and works (via telehealth) with parents of avoidant eaters. She also provides online training for feeding professionals. Jo is a final year PhD candidate in Psychology at Bishop Grosseteste University, UK. Her research explores parental feeding practices in the context of avoidant eating. She is the author of Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food: a Guide for Early Years Professionals (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) and speaks and writes about childhood eating behaviors and parental feeding practices, both in the media and in an academic context. Jo helps parents and professionals prioritise and value the relational aspects of feeding children. She is interested in child autonomy and the role of parental anxiety in pediatric feeding challenges.