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Use of Story Making with Children with Feeding Difficulties

Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, CIMI

May 8, 2013



Can you explain what story making is and how it can be used as an intervention with children with feeding difficulties?



Story making is narrative reasoning.  As occupational therapists, we use narrative reasoning to put together the client’s occupational profile to understand their story, how they are living with disability, what problems with feeding they are having.  We can actually use that narrative reasoning as an intervention. I talked about therapeutic use of self as being a really important intervention for families of children with feeding difficulties.  Helping a family to tell the story can capture small changes and growth that might go otherwise unnoticed.

jennifer pitonyak

Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, CIMI

Jennifer Pitonyak has over 14 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist in a diversity of practice settings, including early intervention and the neonatal intensive care unit.  She holds specialty certification in feeding, eating, and swallowing from AOTA, and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor.  She is currently on the faculty at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where in addition to teaching, she collaborates with community partners to develop occupational therapy programs for infants and families.  She recently completed doctoral studies in health policy with research on the social and contextual factors that impact breastfeeding duration.  Her clinical and research interests include infant and family mental health.  

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