Parents are the single biggest resource to helping children with feeding disorders
Learn 2 Learn Eating Disorder Clinic offers a variety of programs that are designed to help the loved ones of patients. This is an extremely important means of support as well as education. We encourage all parents and other members of the family to participate at all possible. Loving understanding from parents is an extremely important part of the recovery process. They can be an incredible resource when grappling with eating selectivity in childrenand any other eating disorder. We offer training programs designed to help.
A caregiver-training program for parents also is provided by application of our Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy services for children from 15 months to adolescent. It teaches parents various approaches to helping their children build upon and maintain eating skills and procedures developed in the home treatment setting. Caregivers learn strategies to increase chewing ability and acceptance of food as well as try new varieties of food and reduce behavior problems at meal times. The program also helps promote application of new skills learned to home and community environments.
Sessions for Loved Ones of Patients
The family therapy experience is often the first chance that children and adolescents get an opportunity to really open up to their parents. Some patients report that this is the first time that they ever got an avenue to freely discuss their eating disorder with their parents. While this is of course true for those who always felt that their parents didn't understand them, you might be surprised to learn that parents in healthy relationships with their children often have trouble communicating too.
Many patients have good relationships with their parents, but still report that they couldn't open up about their eating disorders. Adolescent patients are often afraid of what other members of the family might think of them if they were honest. They fear loosing love and respect. That's why therapists in the family therapy experience are so important. They open up a judgment-free environment where everyone can always be honest with each other.
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