A Treatment Outcome Analysis of Children with Severe Feeding Disorders enrolled in the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute

Principal Investigator: Peter Girolami

This study will involve a retrospective chart review in order to assess treatment outcomes of children who have participated in the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Feeding disorders are estimated to affect 25 – 35% of typically developing children, with higher rates among children with developmental disabilities. Determining an effective evidence-based treatment to remediate the feeding disorder is essential yet may be complicated by the variability in etiology in addition to the wide range of current physiological and psychological factors that may impact treatment. A growing amount of data derived from parental report in addition to data derived from direct measures collected by staff during the client’s admission to the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute indicates that the client’s discharge goals set by the interdisciplinary feeding team are being consistently met. However, further analysis of treatment data is needed in order to evaluate long term outcomes once the children are discharged from the program. Follow-up data are typically collected as part of routing clinical care and recorded in the child's clinical chart. Additionally, antecedent manipulations to the behavioral therapy protocol used for treatment will be evaluated in order to compare and contrast outcomes based on these manipulations with current treatment standards.