Differential reinforcement of high rate behavior to increase the pace of self-feeding

Kelli M. Girolami, Sung Woo Kahng, Kellie A. Hilker, Peter A. Girolami

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Although numerous studies have examined treatments for increasing food consumption among children with pediatric feeding disorders, very few have examined treatment of other mealtime-related difficulties. One such problem is a slow pace of self-feeding, which can lead to caregivers failure to adhere to treatments or be disruptive to others. We examined the effects of a differential reinforcement of high rate (DRH) intervention to increase a 9-year-old boy's pace of self-feeding. During treatment, the child received reinforcement contingent on consuming his meal within 30 min. Results showed an increase in the pace of self-feeding and a concomitant decrease in meal duration as compared to baseline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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