It’s Not About the Food: Trauma-Informed Care and Feeding Young Children

April 13, 2023 12:15 pm

Presentation Summary

Early life experiences change brain development. Freedom comes when caregivers acknowledge biological changes that drive behavior. Caregivers can expand narrow definitions of feeding success to include feeling safe, accepted, and free to make choices that impact a lifetime of relationships with the self, caregivers, and food.

Learning Objective

Describe and identify early life stress and primary changes which increase anxiety and low thresholds.


  • Rachael Catt

    Rachael M Catt OTR/L, PPOTD

    Rachael M Catt is an enthusiastic teacher who seeks to spread understanding and empowerment through real-life experience and research-based evidence. Rae has over 20 years of clinical-based experience as a pediatric developmental specialist, feeding specialist, and NICU interventionist. She recently completed her post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy, specializing in pediatrics. Her heart desires to welcome all comers in the hopes of spreading understanding and compassion to each learner who may pay it forward to those entrusted into their care.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from the Providence Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Receives a stipend for international travel and is compensated for her work as a feeding specialist/consultant with Holt International Child Nutrition Program. Is the owner of Research and Experience, LLC.     

    Non-financial Disclosures: None.

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