Dr. Tessa Taylor

Dr. Tessa Taylor has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities for nearly 20 years (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 in the USA. She is a registered clinical psychologist in Australia and former licensed clinical psychologist in the USA. Dr. Taylor completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Kennedy Krieger Institute where she remained on as faculty in the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program (http://www.kennedykrieger.org/patient-care/patient-care-programs/continuums/pediatric-feeding-disorders-continuum). This program is the original, largest, and one of the few interdisciplinary behaviour analytic programs of its kind and treats the most severe and complex children from all over the world. Dr. Taylor has authored over 35 peer-reviewed research publications and 2 book chapters, and has over 40 professional presentations and posters internationally.

Paediatric Feeding International provides mobile, in-home consultancy, assessment, and empirically supported treatment services that work for paediatric feeding disorders internationally including children with feeding issues such as tube, bottle, or formula dependence, weight and growth problems, problem behaviour at mealtimes (e.g., tantrums, spitting out, leaving the table, taking too long, throwing, refusing, crying), gagging, vomiting, picky/fussy eating, not eating vegetables and fruits, not drinking from a cup or drinking water, not feeding self, problems chewing/swallowing or eating certain textures, and refusing medicine.

This approach is individualised, data-driven, intensive, and employs the only well-established empirically supported treatments for paediatric feeding disorders with nearly 40 years of quality scientific research to demonstrate effectiveness. This treatment requires highly specialised training and is only available in a handful of locations in the USA. It is highly effective quickly, increases nutritional variety from all food groups, teaches skills needed for age-appropriate independence and texture, does not require starvation, and is applicable regardless of diagnosis or ability/skill level.

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