An online psychosocial program to support caregivers of children with feeding related difficulties
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One of the distinct values of occupational therapy is its holistic and family-centered approach to care. In the area of feeding-related therapies, the child is often the focus of intervention. Current evidence suggests that caregivers most frequently consult with the Internet and online forums for additional information and support, especially those that do not pursue therapeutic services; however, these sources are not always screened for accuracy, completeness, or best evidence. In addition, these sources may not always serve the direct needs of the caregiver or provide opportunities for skill development. It is the intention of this doctoral project to provide an avenue for supplemental services to support caregivers’ knowledge and self-efficacy in their role caring for a child with feeding-related difficulties. The proposed program is an online psychosocial program to provide self-paced and interactive educational modules for caregivers, as well as an opportunity to interact with a wider community of caregivers and healthcare providers for this unique population. Educational modules will place emphasis on self-care skills in the caregiving role and information related to feeding. This doctoral project will explore the background of the problem, the theoretical and evidence-based literature, a description of the proposed program, evaluation plans, funding plans, and dissemination plans. Additionally, samples of proposed program content are included to support future implementation.