Volume 24, Issue 2 (1995)
Failure to Thrive: Strategies for Evaluation and Intervention
Maureen M. Black
Abstract: Failure to thrive (FIT) is an early physical marker of risk with long-term consequences for children’s health and development, and includes a multifactorial conceptualization. Using ecological theory and the processes linking contextual variables to development (Bronfenbrenner, 1993), the definition of FIT is reviewed, along with the relationship between FTI’ and theories of child development, and findings from previous intervention strategies. Children with FIT often are eligible for services through PL 99457, and psychologists play an integral role in the multidisciplinary evaluation and intervention team. Recommendations are provided for the psycho educational components of evaluations and interventions. Theoretically based, family focused home- and center-based intervention programs are recommended to alleviate the consequences of FTT and to promote healthy child development.
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