Original Article

Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 63-70

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Treating a Child’s Selective Eating Through Parent Implemented Feeding Intervention in the Home Setting

  • Joseph A. GentryAffiliated withMay Institute
  • , James K. LuiselliAffiliated withMay Institute Email author 

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Although many children with developmental disabilities have food selectivity, few studies have evaluated in-home parent training to address this feeding problem. In the present case, a parent learned to implement a multicomponent feeding intervention with her child through home-based training provided by a consultant. Using a changing criterion evaluation design, the child’s consumption of previously rejected foods increased during the two-phase intervention that combined antecedent and positive reinforcement procedures. The benefits of “natural context” parent training for the treatment of child-feeding problems are discussed.


Food selectivity Developmental disabilities Changing criterion design