Behavioral therapists help to provide detailed observation and an analysis of variables that may be contributing to food refusal behaviors. An integral part of the therapist's approach is performing an in-depth assessment of the child's behavior patterns with regard to eating. The goal of an assessment is to help the therapist identify what behaviors have been shaped in a child with regard to eating patterns and to help identify rewards preferred by the child to help reinforce or shape new eating patterns. The behavioral therapist then designs a treatment plan oriented toward shaping new child behaviors, and ultimately the therapist teaches the parents how to implement these strategies in the home environment.
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