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Can't Eat. Won't Eat - Understanding Food Refusal & Avoidance in Children, including Autistic Children.

Half-day Training Course

This CPD training course is open to all but particularly teachers, support workers and others working with children who are fussy or picky eaters and those with feeding difficulties & challenges. Our expert trainers will equip you with a better understanding in this area, practical advice, strategies & tools which you can employ when supporting children and young people who have eating difficulties or those who are displaying concerning behaviours around food and mealtimes. Key areas we will focus on include:

• Understanding the developmental stages of food acceptance

• Diagnosis of Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

• The importance of appetite regulation and understanding height and weight assessment

• Exploring strategies and interventions

• Managing sensory issues and anxiety

• Making adjustments to support children within your setting

**Meet Your Tutors**
Dr Gillian Harris


Dr Harris has carried out research into infant and child feeding behaviour and appetite regulation at the University of Birmingham, School of Psychology, UK, for the past 38 years. She was also a Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist for 30 years, and led a feeding clinic at The Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, UK, where she worked with infants and children who were food averse.

Sarah Mason


Sarah Mason is a speech and language therapist who developed her interest in feeding difficulties while working at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for twenty years. She began to work closely with Dr Harris and developed a particular interest in avoidant eating and the effects of tube feeding on the development of oral feeding in infancy. This was the subject of her MPhil, completed at Birmingham University. She now works privately with Dr Harris. Particularly relating

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