Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) 7th December Details

Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder 7th December

Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder 7th December

We are now accepting expressions of interest for interdisciplinary ARFID training course taking place online on 7th December 2023.

Places are limited, and will be offered on a first come first served basis, once criteria are met.

About the Course

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. 


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe how feeding skills develop in infancy and early childhood. • Identify reasons why infants and young children develop feeding difficulties.
  • Understand the effect of feeding difficulties on parental anxiety and consequent feeding strategies.
  • Assess efficiently a child’s feeding skills and developmental stage of food acceptance.
  • Give advice to parents about feeding difficulties that is based on current learning theory and evidence based practice.


About the Presenters

The course is delivered by Birmingham Food Refusal Services -

  • Dr Gillian Harris is a  Clinical Psychologist 
  • Sarah Mason, a Speech and Language Therapist.

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). 

This training course is open to SLTs who are employed by a publicly funded health service, as this training is supported by funding from the NHSCPO.


Registration is now closed for this event.

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IMPORTANT: Please read all the following pre-registration information before you proceed to register your interest in booking a place on this course

If you are registering your interest for this course:

  • This course is open to IASLT members and non-members.
  • As this course is funded by the NHSCP office, for prioritisation you must be working in a  publicly funded health service
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the training course fulfils a CPD need identified as part of their own CPD planning.
  • You must commit to attending the entire day.
  • You must observe the cancellation policy.

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This event has only a small number of places for SLTs, the cost per attendee is significantly subsidised by funding from the National HSCP Office, applicants must give a minimum 10 days notice of cancellation, by emailing cpdadmin@iaslt.ie 

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  • Exclusion from further HSE funded CPD events for minimum 12 months.
  • Requirement to reimburse the FULL cost of the course.

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