1st Edition

ARFID Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder A Guide for Parents and Carers

By Rachel Bryant-Waugh Copyright 2020
    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    ARFID Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: A Guide for Parents and Carers is an accessible summary of a relatively recent diagnostic term. People with ARFID may show little interest in eating, eat only a very limited range of foods or may be terrified something might happen to them if they eat, such as choking or being sick. Because it has been poorly recognised and poorly understood it can be difficult to access appropriate help and difficult to know how best to manage at home.

    This book covers common questions encountered by parents or carers whose child has been given a diagnosis of ARFID or who have concerns about their child. Written in simple, accessible language and illustrated with examples throughout, this book answers common questions using the most up-to-date clinical knowledge and research.

    Primarily written for parents and carers of young people, ARFID Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder includes a wealth of practical tips and suggested strategies to equip parents and carers with the means to take positive steps towards dealing with the problems ARFID presents. It will also be relevant for family members, partners or carers of older individuals, as well as professionals seeking a useful text, which captures the full range of ARFID presentations and sets out positive management advice.

    Introduction  01. What is ARFID?  02. Who can develop ARFID?  03. Why does someone develop ARFID?  04. What are the consequences of having ARFID?  05. What can I do?  06. What is the best treatment for ARFID?  07. What about the future?  Closing words


    Rachel Bryant-Waugh is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of experience, specialising in the study and treatment of feeding and eating disorders in children and young people. She is an internationally renowned expert with a high level of clinical and research activity in this field.  

    "ARFID Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: A Guide for Parents and Carers is an outstanding resource designed to help parents/carers understand the complexities of a diagnosis of ARFID, its consequences and treatment. This accessible guide combines clinical cases and up-to-date research. Bryant-Waugh’s depth of experience working with children and families with ARFID brilliantly captures how to make sense of the everyday challenges that a diagnosis of ARFID brings to children and their families. This 'go-to' resource fills a much needed gap in providing parents/carers with strategies in supporting their child with ARFID."
    Debra K. Katzman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto, Canada

    "This is a brilliantly written, clear, practical and engaging book by the world-expert in the field. It uniquely combines research and clinical wisdom, illustrated by multiple varied examples, to provide a comprehensive understanding of the problem and how to address it. The 5-step approach is exceptionally valuable with sequential guidance about how to enable positive change. It is essential reading for any parent or practitioner wanting to help children overcome these difficulties and is a fantastic resource that has the potential to transform lives."
    Roz Shafran, Professor of Translational Psychology, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London, UK

    "This is a long overdue guide for parents. Dr Bryant-Waugh has been a leading clinical and research expert in feeding difficulties for many years, and it is pleasing to see this wealth of experience and advice in one volume. I have no doubt it will be extremely helpful for families and children with ARFID. The suggested approaches are positive, non-blaming and focused on hope, for this is key as many children will manage and improve, but a whole family and inspiration of confidence are needed. This book provides both."
    Dr Lee Hudson, Consultant Paediatrician, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK