Background: Diagnostic criteria of avoidant restrictive food intake disorder and epidemiology will be reviewed. Session will discuss common presentations in children, illustrated by clinical case examples and discussion of treatment challenges. Program development and assessment data will be discussed, supporting specific program considerations to improve clinical outcomes in the pediatric population.
Objectives: Understand Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) diagnostic criteria and epidemiology Describe common pediatric presentations and apply to clinical case studies Discuss ARFID treatment challenges and effective clinical strategies to improve clinical outcomes
Background - review of Avoidant or Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) diagnostic criteria and epidemiology, as well as reviewing common presentations/subtypes seen in the pediatric population
Treatment Challenges - discuss common treatment challenges faced when working with children and adolescents diagnosed with ARFID and their families
Role of Program Assessment – discuss assesment of clinical treatment outcomes and importance of developing evidence based treatment for children with ARFID, using example from the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders for ARFID specific treatment track (outcome data will be presented)
Case Discussions – discuss 2-3 clinical case examples of children and adolescents diagnosed with ARFID illustrating unique treatment considerations and effective treatment strategies
Briana Sacco, MD completed her medical degree at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She pursued residency training at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Triple Board, a combined training in pediatrics, general adult psychiatry as well as child & adolescent psychiatry. She joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in 2014. She works with children and teens at hospital levels of care at Children’s Health Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders, where she also serves as Medical Director.
Sonia Schwalen, PhD, NCSP is a psychologist at the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children’s Health Plano and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Schwalen supervises trainees and is integral in program development. Her areas of research include the spectrum of pediatric eating disorders and issues in supervision. Her PhD in School Psychology and experience through completion of APA accredited predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship has positioned her well to assist in linking systems of care for patients and families. Dr. Schwalen was featured as a media expert on CBS.com, mirror-mirror.org and Gurze Books Newsletter.