Research Call – Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities and Feeding Difficulties

Suzy Mejia-Buenano, a PhD student at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent is conducting a study exploring parents’ views of feeding difficulties and related supports in their children with learning disabilities. This study has been approved by Tizard Centre Ethics Committee and is being supervised by Dr. Nick Gore and Dr. Ciara Padden.

Taking part in this research will involve participating in a recorded, online 1-1.5 hour interview through Microsoft Teams with Suzy. You will also be asked to provide some short demographic information. All you need to take part is a mobile, tablet, laptop or computer with internet access. You do not need any apps or software; a link will be provided, and you will just have to click the link.

You can participate if your child is between the ages of 1.5 and 18 years, has a learning disability or global developmental delay, and a behavioural feeding difficulty (food refusal, selective eating, or challenging mealtime behaviours). Your participation is entirely voluntary.

If you or anyone you know is interested in participating, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Suzy ( and we can have an initial discussion and provide an information sheet with more details about participating. Please feel free to share this research information widely. 

Thank you in advance for your support and interest in this research.

Contact details: Suzy Mejia-Buenano (


  1. Hello, I am a mum of 7 yo boy I we meet the criteria and are describing above and happy to take part in the research.

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