Date Approved

5-1-2009

Embargo Period

3-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Kerwin, Mary Louise E.

Subject(s)

Children--Nutrition--Case studies; Eating disorders in children

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory, single-subject design study was to introduce to a child with a severe feeding disorder and tactile sensitivity different activities related to food in an attempt to increase the child's acceptance of new foods. After a baseline assessment, the child and his parents participated in a 12-week intervention that included at least one new tactile activity and a selection of new foods the parents identified that they wanted their child to eat. In the process of conducting this study, an underlying medical problem was identified; therefore, halfway through the study, the child began to take medication to treat acid reflux. The medication seemed to help the child's symptoms, and by the final follow-up session the child was beginning to ingest different types of foods and textures of foods.

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