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Feeding is one of the most important interactions between caregivers and children in the first few years of life. It can be extremely challenging for those experiencing problems. After identifying the difficulty and its causes, programmers and health workers need to provide appropriate support services to help children and their caregivers manage it.

Mealtimes provide an important opportunity for family members to eat together, but can be particularly challenging for caregivers of children with feeding difficulties, especially when those children have a disability that requires additional support to safely eat and drink. Caregivers rarely receive the resources and training they need to understand the complexities of nutrition and apply optimal feeding methods. To ensure proper feeding and nutrition, caregivers often have to establish routines and pay close attention to the quantity, quality, texture, and temperature of food. With adequate support, caregivers can integrate these techniques into the family’s mealtime, rather than approaching feeding as a one-on-one task completed in isolation with the child with a feeding difficulty.

This section includes resources such as guidance documents, journal articles, training and informational material to prepare service providers and families with knowledge and skills on safe and effective feeding.

We found 37 resource(s)
SPOON's Feeding and Nutrition Package for Vulnerable Children
Brief published by SPOON in
This brief describes the SPOON's Feeding and Nutrition Package, which is for organizations that serve children with disabilities or children outside family care.
Resource Library for Identifying Feeding Difficulties in Infants, Screening Children for Feeding Difficulties, and Positioning Children for Mealtimes
Resource Library published by SPOON in
This library provides resources for identifying feeding difficulties in infants and children and overcoming positioning challenges during feeding.
Feeding the Child with Cerebral Palsy
Guideline/Guidance published by Physiopedia in
This website provides information and a speech therapist's perspective on feeding and assessing feeding difficulties in children with Cerebral Palsy.
Responsive Care and Early Learning Addendum for IYCF Counseling
Training Material published by USAID Advancing Nutrition in
This package of counseling materials contains materials on the care and feeding for children with feeding difficulties and seeking help if a caregiver is concerned about a child's development.
The Child Nutrition Program: Community Resource Manual
Guideline/Guidance published by Holt International in
This manual provides key information to communities on various nutritional and health considerations and needs of children, including a chapter on "Special Health Care Needs" for children with disabilities.
Child Nutrition Program: Community Flipbook
Information, Education and Communication Materials published by Holt International in
This flipbook is intended to support education for families on proper nutrition and health practices by providing a storyline based in six categories.
12 Mealtime Tips for Autistic Children
eLearning published by Healthline in
This article provides 12 tips for caregivers to ease mealtime stressors with their children with autism spectrum disorder.
Feeding and Mealtime Support
Video/Animation published by University of Maryland in
These video clips provide tips to caregivers on understanding and creating strategies that support healthy feeding routines.