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Do You Have a Child with Feeding Issues Ages 3 to 18 in Shelby County?

Your input is needed in research to improve services!

You are being invited to take part in a research study about community-based services for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who also express a feeding disorder. You have been invited to take part because you have a child with IDD, a feeding disorder and you are the primary parent or caregiver of this child.

The person in charge of this study is Laurel Welborne, a graduate student at the University of Memphis in the Clinical Nutrition Department. She is being guided in this research by Dr. Terra Smith. There may be other people on the research team assisting at different times throughout the study. 

The purpose of this study is to parents or caregivers of children with IDD who also express feeding problems. In completing this study, we hope to understand what problems parents face in feeding their child. The research will discover if there are readily available community-based services that can provide information for them on how to address their child's feeding problems, and if so, where these services have been found. If services are difficult to locate or nonexistent, then this research may conclude that more community-based services for children with IDD and feeding disorders need to be developed within the Memphis area.

If you are:  

.. A parent or caregiver of a child with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

.. The child is between the ages of 3 and 18

.. The child is having mealtime problems with feeding  

And you are interested in participating in this survey, please follow the link below. The survey is 100% anonymous; no personal identifying information will be collected.

If you have any questions about the research that you would like answer prior to taking the survey please contact me at:


Cell: (720) 206-4722 

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