Feeding Challenges in Young Children: Strategies and Specialized Interventions for Success

Authors: Deborah A. Bruns Ph.D., Stacy D. Thompson Ph.D.; Foreword Authors: Laurie A. Dinnebeil Ph.D., Barbara H. Fiese Ph.D.

Format: Paperback w/CD-ROM, 336 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598571219
Price: $42.95

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Young children's feeding issues can be a complex challenge for early childhood professionals, especially since most get little to no training addressing this key developmental area. Now there's a single comprehensive resource that provides early childhood educators and interventionists with specific, practical, research-based guidance on resolving a wide range of feeding issues.

Ideal for a wide range of professionals working with young children birth–5 years across school, home, and child care settings, this book-and-CD set gives readers in-depth background information, how-to strategies, and helpful tools for addressing feeding challenges. Integrating the dual perspectives of the authors—a child development expert and an early childhood special education expert—the book helps readers

  • understand the entire process of feeding developmentand how feeding affects early childhood development
  • gain familiarity with variations in feeding contexts, including diverse cultural and at-risk groups and their impact on feeding choices and attitudes
  • support children with specific feeding issues (see below) with specialized, evidence-based interventions and strategies
  • learn the basics of screening and assessment procedures and widely used instruments
  • develop appropriate, individualized feeding plans that align with children's IEPs and IFSPs
  • strengthen collaboration between parents, caregivers, and professionals on a child's feeding team
  • monitor feeding progress through anecdotal records, observations, and data-based approaches

With almost 50 pages of printable tools, forms, and handouts, the included CD-ROM gives professionals practical help with every step of improving children's feeding issues. Professionals will get daily feeding logs, recordkeeping forms, quick-guides to feeding milestones and red flags, and tip sheets on critical issues such as breastfeeding, feeding team requirements, and positioning strategies and specialized feeding equipment.

A vital resource for every member of a child's feeding team, this much-needed guidebook will help readers resolve one of the most critical issues in early childhood development—and ensure better overall outcomes for young children.

Help young children with

  • risk factors for feeding difficulties
  • sensory-based feeding issues
  • oral motor difficulties
  • neurological disorders
  • anatomical differences
  • feeding requirements


Review by: Philippa Campbell, Occupational Therapy Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
"Few authors have been as successful in synthesizing and condensing the wide array of information about children and eating into a book that is as readable and usable as this one."
Review by: Jennifer Kilgo, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education
"What an invaluable resource! I would highly recommend it to colleagues teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and practitioners from multiple disciplines."

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Foreword: Laurie A. Dinnebeil

I. Foundations


1. Feeding Development

2. Feeding in Context

3. Feeding Interactions

4. Diversity: Culture and At-Risk Groups

II. Feeding Process


5. Teaming

6. Feeding-Related Screening and Assessment

7. Planning and Monitoring Progress

III. Strategies and Specialized Interventions


8. General Strategies

9. Young Children at Risk for Feeding Difficulties

10. Young Children with Sensory-Based Feeding Issues

11. Young Children with Oral Motor Difficulties

12. Young Children with Neurological Disorders

13. Young Children with Anatomical Anomalies

14. Young Children Who Require Tube Feeding

IV. Recommendations and Conclusions


15. Feeding Outcomes and Future Directions


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