Table 4

Use of interventions by health professionals overall and split by causes of EDSD

InterventionAll
N=421, n (%)
Physical and mixed EDSD
n=388, n (%)
Non-physical EDSD
n=32, n (%)
Positioning325 (77.2)307 (79.3)17 (53.1)
Food or drink modification237 (56.3)221 (57.0)15 (46.9)
Modification of environment218 (51.8)195 (50.3)22 (68.8)
Information on impact of sensory difficulties on eating and drinking213 (50.6)195 (50.3)17 (53.1)
Information on impact of movement difficulties on eating and drinking207 (49.2)198 (51.0)8 (25.0)
Desensitisation programme for food avoidance204 (48.5)185 (47.7)18 (56.3)
Modification of utensils193 (45.8)178 (45.9)15 (46.9)
Pacing of food at mealtimes179 (42.5)168 (43.3)10 (31.3)
Medication167 (39.7)162 (41.8)5 (15.6)
Enhancing child/feeder communication strategies at mealtimes161 (38.2)143 (36.9)17 (53.1)
Schedule of meals157 (37.3)143 (36.9)14 (43.8)
Manoeuvres152 (36.1)149 (38.4)2 (6.3)
Strategies/programme aimed at changing behaviour at mealtimes146 (34.7)129 (33.3)17 (53.1)
Training to wait for child’s cues for feeding136 (32.3)130 (33.6)6 (18.8)
Visual supports133 (31.6)115 (29.7)18 (56.3)
Hand-over-hand prompting129 (30.6)118 (30.4)11 (34.4)
Counselling120 (28.5)109 (28.1)11 (34.4)
Desensitisation programme for oral sensations109 (25.9)100 (25.8)9 (28.1)
Modifying social eating and drinking opportunities103 (24.5)89 (23.0)14 (43.8)
Oral-motor exercises102 (24.2)93 (24.0)9 (28.1)
Energy supplements88 (20.9)87 (22.4)1 (3.1)
Sensory stimulation60 (14.3)56 (14.5)4 (12.5)
Sensory aids58 (13.8)55 (14.2)3 (9.4)
Modelling52 (12.4)43 (11.1)9 (28.1)
Sensorimotor therapies12 (2.9)10 (2.6)2 (6.3)
  • The numbers within each subgroup (physical and mixed EDSD and non-physical EDSD) do not add up to the total number of respondents due to one health professional not providing information on type of EDSD worked with. These percentages add up to greater than 100% because participants could choose more than one option. The percentage of missing data varied for each of the interventions (mean=23%, SD=5%) for each of the groups.