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Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder


Children who suffer from ARFID (avoidant restrictive food intake disorder) have difficulty eating due to a lack of interest, sensory aversions, or worry that may choke, vomit or experience pain. As a result, they may seem fearful during eating situations, and their pallet may become extremely restricted.

Oftentimes, it’s difficult for parents to tell whether their child is struggling with ARFID or just picky eating. Usually, children outgrow their picky eating habits or meet their nutritional needs even if they are picky. Children with ARFID, however, fall below a healthy weight, have significant nutritional deficiencies, and do not grow as expected.

We offer the following programs for youth struggling with ARFID:


A full-time treatment option for youth (ages 10-16), offering care for six hours each day.


A part-time treatment option for youth (ages 10-16), offering care for three hours each day.

*As clients progress, it’s common for them to step down a level in care from our PHP to our IOP.

Our ARFID eating disorder treatment programs include:

  • A personalized treatment plan
  • Individual and family psychotherapy
  • Weekly individual nutrition therapy
  • Weekly group therapy 
  • Supported food experiences

Optional services include: 

  • Psychiatry
  • Primary care
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Coordination with outpatient treatment providers

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