Today I was updating this website, since it had been a few weeks. I don't know if anyone reads it, but I feel the absolute need to have this website out here and available to ANY parent or person struggling to find a connection for what they are dealing with. The more I work on this site, the more hope I receive from the connections I've made through creating this!
One mother that I've connected with in Arizona, has found success for her daughter through a therapy offered near her home. That was SO amazing and wonderful to learn. As I read about it, others have found success as well. That created my hope. Hope that one day, my son will beat this and we will sit down and have our first meal together - mom and son sharing the same food. And my son will quit having social fears, anxiety, and stomach aches.
Although this news is exciting...we live across the country from this clinic. So, I sat on it. What can I do about this? I thought for a minute that I should go get trained on this and bring it to our community. I don't know how I feel about being the one to get the training. I do happen to know a multitude of people that are practitioners and have been challenged to work with my son over the years. So, I started emailing them. I asked them to be "aware" of the ARFID resources popping up all over the online world. I also pointed them to the ARFID Training offered in Arizona by this successful practitioner (found on www.arfidcare.com). One lovely psycologist offered to connect with her peers to help them become aware. She also suggested that I write to my local eating disorder clinics and advocate these resources and the training! I'm on it!
Are you a parent with a child struggling? You can do this too. It may feel "pushy" or "uncomfortable", but our kids NEED us to do this simple thing for them. If we can reach the one practitioner in our community that feels moved to learn this therapy, then we can be the difference for our children. We Got This!
I am an ARFID Mom. I am the mother of a 12 year old boy with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). I have become the "expert" on my son's feeding issues. I am here to share what I've learned.