Stimulus fading in the treatment of adipsia

Roberta L. Babbitt, Bridget A. Shore, Marnie Smith, Keith E. Williams, David A. Coe

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Stimulus fading procedures have repeatedly been demonstrated as effective in shaping a wide variety of new behaviors. Borrowing from this body of research, the behavioral treatment of feeding disorders presents a new area of application for stimulus fading. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the efficacy of stimulus fading in the treatment of adipsia. Two children who ate solids, but refused all liquids, were participants in the study. Results showed that a five step fading procedure starting with a spoon and thickened liquids, and ending with a cut-out-cup, was successful in establishing cup drinking skills for both children. Results of the study suggest that stimulus fading can facilitate feeding skill acquisition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-207
Number of pages11
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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