Eating Problems in Children with Sensory and Emotional Difficulties

Delivered by

Christina Enright


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In Person | Online

Duration options

3 hrs | 4 hrs


This training can be adapted to a diverse range of contexts, and further bespoke elements can be added on request.

Content Summary:

Eating problems in children and adolescents is an additional area that may be affected by the impact of the trauma on the child’s nervous system. Children can hide or hoard food, refuse to eat, may be excessively fussy or phobic about food, or may overeat. This course is designed to help carers and other practitioners to understand the underlying causes of eating problems in traumatised children and how to support the child with them.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this training Foster Carers can learn about:

  • how neglect and trauma can impact on a child’s eating behaviour
  • what food insecurity is and how it presents
  • why vulnerable children may present with behaviours such as hiding, hoarding, and stealing food
  • understanding problems with overeating
  • about avoidant/restrictive food Intake Disorder (ARFID)-how not all food refusal is related to body image and fear of gaining weight
  • how to support children who overeat, have food insecurity or are over fussy or reluctant eaters

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Training delivered by

Christina Enright

RN, BSc Psychology, Dip in Family Therapy, MA Child Psychotherapy, Dip Clinical Supervision.

Over the past 17 years, Christina has worked as a psychotherapist with children, adolescents, birth parents, foster carers and adoptive parents. This followed on from 20 years working as a nurse in the NHS. Her experience includes the development of a multidisciplinary clinical service for families experiencing trauma and attachment problems who were reluctant to engage with main-stream social care and mental health services. From 2015-2017 Christina provided trauma consultancy to the clinical team developing a children’s service within the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in the UK.

She also delivers training on child development, trauma and attachment both within the NHS and other education and social care systems across the UK and Ireland.  Her special interest is in early childhood development and the impact of trauma on a child’s developing capacities, functioning and behaviour. From her experience working with children who have endured developmental trauma characterised by neglect and abuse, she has found it necessary to use a comprehensive integrated approach in order to address the multiple complexities which such children present with.

Christina returned to live in Ireland in 2016 and currently works as a Developmental Trauma and Attachment specialist providing training, assessment and clinical interventions on behalf of Tusla Child and Family Agency and in independent practice with birth and adoptive families.