Callie Vold

Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Julie Grabanski


Feeding and eating are required occupations that all humans must engage in to meet one of their most basic needs (AOTA, 2020; Maslow, 1943). While feeding and eating allows humans to meet their most basic physiological needs it also allows them to meet other needs of Maslow's Hierarchy along with engaging in valued occupations (AOTA, 2020; Maslow, 1943. Children with Pediatric Feeding Disorders (PFD) have difficulty with one or more areas of feeding which are medical, nutritional, feeding skill and/or psychosocial dysfunction (Fleet et al., 2022; Goday et al., 2019; Howe & Wang, 2013; Marshall et al., 2015; Sharp et al., 2017 & Volker et al., 2019). The purpose of Occupational Therapy’s Role When Treating Pediatric Feeding Disorders is to better understand the role of Occupational Therapy when treating PFD, other members of the treatment team and create home programming and educational resources for parents and caregivers to use outside of the therapy environment. The creation of the scholarly project including the home programming and educational resources were guided by an extensive literature review and completion of a needs assessment.