Children and Adolescents diagnosed with ARFID may live with neurodiversity, have behavioural issues or mental health conditions like anxiety which contribute to the extreme refusal of food. Risk of undernutrition, faltering growth, macronutrient and micronutrient deficiencies are significant for these children. The behaviour can be quite entrenched with an MDT approach being necessary and continued ongoing care by HSCPs skilled in how to provide effective care to them. This course will provide that underlying knowledge of ARFID by healthcare professionals experienced in its treatment. While ARFID is predominantly diagnosed in children or adolescents, it can also be diagnosed in adults.
There are multiple factors which contribute to feeding challenges and therefore it is an issue which is best addressed with a team focus. Providing training for professionals around feeding will support professionals to address the challenges of feeding with a more integrated team approach.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
The course is delivered by Birmingham Food Refusal Services -
Both have extensive research and practical experience in the field of paediatric feeding difficulties. They have worked together for over 20 years at Birmingham Children’s Hospital UK to provide services for children with feeding difficulties including Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).
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