The Feeding Disorders Team (FDT) specialises in Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and related presentations. The Team is led by Dr Rachel Bryant-Waugh, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Joint Head of the Trust’s Feeding and Eating Disorders Service (FEDS).
Within the Team, the following disciplines are represented: psychology, nursing, dietetics, family therapy, play specialism, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and psychiatry (see Meet the Team). We also have access to one of the Trust’s consultant General Paediatricians and a Gastroenterology Fellow, who provide advice and might see individual patients for assessment and an opinion as needed.
- feeding/eating aversions or phobias
- extreme selectivity
- tube feed or nutritional supplement dependency
- lack of interest in food and/or eating
- halted feeding development (e.g. remaining on foods/textures no longer developmentally appropriate)
- Regularly or habitually bring food back up into their mouth in the absence of any current gastrointestinal disorder other medical condition to account for this
- Regularly or habitually ingest non-food substances
- Weight and/or physical growth and development
- The age appropriateness and/or nutritional adequacy of the individual’s intake
- Health implications related to poor intake
- Impact on social and emotional development
- Impact on family functioning