ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder)

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Sarah Church


I'm interested to know of people's experiences of working with children/young people with Autism who experience ARFID.  I am collating information regarding the role of Speech and Language Therapists in providing input in this area and the types of intervention being used to support the children/young people and their families.   I would be interested in the effectiveness of the interventions and evidence to support them.

Currently, our service does offer support to families and we have been able to work with other professionals on this, e.g., clinical psychologists.  We have found that this joint working has been most effective.  What are other people's experiences.

Many thanks

June 20, 2019 - 4:17pm

I am the parent of a 19 year old boy with ASD who is suffering from ARFID, losing weight & in danger of becoming quite poorly.

I have to date been unsuccessful in finding any support for his condition and therefore would be interested to hear of any effective intetventions that people have experienced.

I hadn’t considered Speech & Language support but, as there seems to be an issue with swallowing, this may help.

I would love to hear if anybody has used this and additionally whether seeing a Clinical Psychologist may also alleviate this increasingly serious issue. 

May 07, 2020 - 3:28pm

Hi Sarah,

I work in a complex feeding service and we see lots of children with ARFID and children with ARFID and ASD. 

Happy to discuss our team work if helpful.


June 22, 2020 - 10:39am

Hi Katy

Thanks for getting in touch and apologies for not responding sooner.  We have had to take the decision to stop providing support for children with ARFID at the moment due to capacity and funding but would be interested to see how this works in other authorities.  Would you be able to give me 30 mins of your time to discuss further.