Drake University Partners with Metro West to Help Children with Feeding Issues

Posted on August 20, 2018 · Posted in Uncategorized

Clive, IA – Metro West Learning Center and the Drake University Occupational Therapy Program are partnering to explore the effectiveness of feeding interventions for children with autism. Dr. Gloria Frolek Clark has advanced training in feeding and swallowing for children and works with both Metro West Learning Center and the Drake Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) Program.  Students in the Drake OTD program work with community occupational therapists to design new interventions or evaluate the effectiveness of current interventions being used to determine best practices.  This allows students to learn how to become effective clinicians and allows clinicians to answer their clinical questions.

Children with autism are five times more likely to struggle with eating issues compared to their peers often due to their difficulties in processing sensory information and self-regulation.  The goal of this partnership is to determine the effectiveness of occupational therapy for addressing physical, emotional and family difficulties for children with feeding.  With feeding occurring so many times a day, it is often a more complex problem than a simple solution.  These guidelines will be used to teach other occupational therapists to assist more children in the future.