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Transforming Childhood Eating Disorder Treatment: Online Interventions Prove Effective

Transforming Childhood Eating Disorder Treatment: Online Interventions Prove Effective

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges to the field of speech-language pathology, particularly in the treatment of early childhood eating disorders. Traditional in-person assessments and interventions were significantly disrupted due to social distancing and travel restrictions. However, a recent study titled A Study on Online Intervention for Early Childhood Eating Disorders during COVID-19 provides compelling evidence for the effectiveness of online interventions in this critical area.

Conducted by Cimino et al. (2022), the study explored the impact of a web-based video-feedback intervention on mother-child interactions during feeding and the associated psychopathological symptoms in both mothers and children. The study included 278 participants, each consisting of a mother and her 24-month-old child with eating disorders. The intervention took place over four weeks, with remote sessions held twice a week.

Key Findings

Implications for Practitioners

The results of this study suggest that online interventions can be as effective as traditional in-person treatments for early childhood eating disorders. Practitioners can benefit from incorporating video-feedback techniques into their telehealth services. Here are some actionable steps to consider:

Encouraging Further Research

While the study's findings are promising, it also highlights the need for further research to validate these results in larger and more diverse populations. Practitioners are encouraged to contribute to this growing body of evidence by conducting their own studies and sharing their findings.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: A Study on Online Intervention for Early Childhood Eating Disorders during COVID-19.


Citation: Cimino, S., Almenara, C. A., & Cerniglia, L. (2022). A Study on Online Intervention for Early Childhood Eating Disorders during COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(6), 3696. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063696

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