- Gastrostomy (G-Tube) or nasogastric (NG-Tube) tube dependence (tube weaning)
- Liquid dependence (formula, bottle)
- Underweight/poor growth
- Inappropriate mealtime behaviour (crying, negative statements, turning head, covering mouth, hitting the spoon/cup, throwing food/utensils, spitting out the food, holding food in mouth without swallowing, aggression, self-injury, leaving the table, not coming to the table) and long mealtimes
- Gagging, coughing, vomiting
- Selectivity (“picky”/”fussy” eaters): Not eating foods from all food groups (protein, starch, vegetable, fruit) separately, eating only snack/junk foods, only eating foods at certain temperatures, prepared/presented a certain way, of specific brands/certain colours, or in certain receptacles/utensils
- Not drinking from an open cup or feeding self age-appropriately
- Not drinking liquids such as water or milk
- Eating only mashed or blended foods/textures, difficulty chewing/swallowing
- Only eating in certain settings (e.g., home), at certain times, or with certain people (e.g., Mum)
- Medication refusal
- Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)
- Refusing to sit at the table to eat; Needing distractions (e.g., electronics) to eat
Professionally Certified. Internationally Recognised.
Dr. Tessa Taylor has 20 years of experience (since 1999) and is a Doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). She obtained her Master’s degree in 2001 and her PhD in clinical psychology in 2010 from Louisiana State University, USA. She is a registered clinical psychologist in Australia and former licensed clinical psychologist in the USA.
Dr. Taylor has authored nearly 40 peer-reviewed research publications and 2 book chapters, and has nearly 50 professional presentations and posters internationally (USA, Australia, Japan, France, Greece, Italy). She serves as the Consortium Initiative Coordinator for the Association of Behavior Analysis International’s Pediatric Feeding Disorders Special Interest Group. Dr. Taylor is the President of the Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
After completing her predoctoral internship and fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Kennedy Krieger Institute, Dr. Taylor remained on as faculty in the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program. This program is the original, largest, and one of the few interdisciplinary behavior-analytic programs of its kind; treating the most severe and complex children from all over the world.
Dr. Taylor’s highly specialised and unique training and expertise in paediatric feeding disorders and sever problem behavior grants her the ability to diagnose and treat the full spectrum of complexity and severity of feeding difficulties.
Delivering Effective Results for 40 Years
This approach is individualised, data-driven, intensive, and direct, employing the most well-established, empirically-supported treatments for paediatric feeding disorders with 40 years of quality scientific research supporting its effectiveness.
A process previously exclusive to a few specific locations in the United States, Dr. Taylor now travels in order to bring the most advanced techniques and treatments across the world.
This highly effective and individualised treatment quickly increases nutritional variety from al food groups, teaches skills needed for age-appropriate independence and texture, and is applicable regardless of diagnosis or ability/skill level without the need for starvation.
Paediatric Feeding International
Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral (International) #1-13-13170 Clinical Psychologist (Australia) PSY0002046061
Australian Business Number (ABN) 43511656633