Drawing from her PhD research findings, clinical case studies, and her “Bicycle Model” of feeding challenges, Dr. Hazel Wolstenholme will provide a deep insight into the parents’ experience of feeding, the child’s side of the story, and how these two worlds can work together (or against each other!).
“It is critical that the family’s experience and parent-child interactions are considered as part of any feeding intervention alongside necessary support for sensory, oral-motor, nutrition and medical challenges. It is not enough to say “try this strategy” or “don’t pressure them to eat” without understanding, and addressing the underlying beliefs, emotions, goals, and knowledge that drive both parents’ and childrens’ behaviors. “
Using practical examples, she will illustrate how you can work with a relational lens to support families, so that the parent’s “wheel” and the child’s “wheel” move together on a path towards greater connection, harmony and competence with eating.
When sensory food play and similar interventions don’t seem to be enough to get a child on the right path with eating, it is likely that the relational piece of the puzzle needs attention. This webinar will cover:
- The Parents’ Perspective: how are parents interpreting their child’s eating behaviors?
- The Child’s Side of the Story: how are children making sense of their parents’ actions at mealtimes?
- How the parent and child experiences interact & impact eating.
Dr. Hazel Wolstenholme’s “Bicycle Model” of feeding is designed to bridge the gap between feeding psychology research and clinical practice. Its aim is to give health professionals an accessible and practical framework for understanding parent-child feeding interactions in the context of the family’s unique history, current environment, and anticipated future.
This workshop will include a copy of the “bicycle model” that you can use to frame your clinical decision making. This webinar is appropriate for dietitians, nutrition professionals, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, mental health providers, and early intervention practitioners.
DURATION: 70 minutes