Therapeutic Alliance: How to Improve Quality of Life for Families and Team Members in the Feeding Therapy Process

April 29, 2021 5:15 pm

Fostering a therapeutic alliance and utilizing responsive feeding can resolve therapy burnout for families and team members. This presentation will discuss current research limitations regarding the use of a single framework for all families and strategies to challenge current practices related to controlling feeding practices that focus primarily on restriction and pressure to eat over sociocultrual factors related to feeding and eating as a co-occupation.


  • Hana Eichele, MOT, OTR/L

    Hana Eichele is an Occupational Therapist and Pediatric Feeding Specialist with an emphasis on treating feeding and eating challenges by focusing on the entire family unit. She has gained valuable experience in Arizona through working in the schools, outpatient clinic setting, and now through her private practice, Roots Pediatric Therapy, LLC. Hana was selected as a LACI cohort member through Feeding Matters in 2019 when she was paired with the co-speaker for this presentation. She has always been driven to determine the edge of knowledge with research in order to advance outcomes for children with feeding and eating challenges. Hana enjoys spending time with her family, trying new recipes, reading non-fiction books, writing, and gardening.

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  • Dena Berg, MS, CCC-SLP

    Dena Berg is a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with children and adults with developmental disabilities. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees from Arizona State University and chose to serve the Arizona population for the last 8 years. In addition to clinical work, Dena has worked with advocacy groups to further identify children with feeding disorders and to promote better feeding and social outcomes in schools based on the latest research. In her free time, Dena enjoys listening to podcasts, working out, and walking her dogs.

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