A Little PEP Goes a Long Way in the Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders Feeding disorder in young children is a growing concern, particularly feeding challenges with sensory and/or behavioral underpinning. These feeding disorders are characterized by food refusal, anxiety when presented with novel foods, failure to advance to textured foods, and inappropriate mealtime behaviors. The Positive Eating Program (PEP) was developed to remediate ... Article
Article  |   March 31, 2016
A Little PEP Goes a Long Way in the Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Teresa Boggs
    Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • Neina Ferguson
    Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • Financial Disclosure: Teresa Boggs is an assistant professor at East Tennessee State University. Neina Ferguson is an assistant professor at East Tennessee State University.
    Financial Disclosure: Teresa Boggs is an assistant professor at East Tennessee State University. Neina Ferguson is an assistant professor at East Tennessee State University.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Teresa Boggs has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Neina Ferguson has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Teresa Boggs has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Neina Ferguson has previously published in the subject area.×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   March 31, 2016
A Little PEP Goes a Long Way in the Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2016, Vol. 1, 26-37. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.26
History: Received August 6, 2015 , Revised November 18, 2015 , Accepted November 18, 2015
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2016, Vol. 1, 26-37. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.26
History: Received August 6, 2015; Revised November 18, 2015; Accepted November 18, 2015

Feeding disorder in young children is a growing concern, particularly feeding challenges with sensory and/or behavioral underpinning. These feeding disorders are characterized by food refusal, anxiety when presented with novel foods, failure to advance to textured foods, and inappropriate mealtime behaviors. The Positive Eating Program (PEP) was developed to remediate feeding disorders by providing rich experiences in food vocabulary, positive sensory nonfood and food activities, and structured and predictable through trials.

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