The Role of Development and Learning in Feeding Disorders

  • Thomas R. Linscheid


Ginsberg’s review points out the wide range of feeding problems in the developmentally disabled population and attests to the success of behavioral management procedures in addressing these problems. In discussing this area, I will review the normal development of feeding patterns and behaviors, discuss feeding behavior as learned behavior in which both operant and respondent conditioning factors play a role, discuss the specific ramifications of cognitive and motor impairment in the development of feeding problems in the developmentally disabled, and finally, address future directions and the need for interdisciplinary collaboration in the management of these problems.


Feeding Disorder Solid Food Feeding Problem Disable Population Food Refusal 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas R. Linscheid
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  1. 1.Department of PediatricsOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Division of PsychologyColumbus Children’s HospitalColumbusUSA

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