Promoting feeding following an acquired brain injury: The use of Video Interaction Guidance

Roberts Elizabeth
The Children's Trust


Parents play a vital role in children's experiences with food. Whilst eating is often taken for granted, when a child has a brain injury, their ability to eat can be affected. Therefore, parents can be in the position of teaching their child to eat again. However, this time it may be more anxiety provoking, as children with brain injuries are at risk of choking or aspirating. This can have a detrimental impact on parent'' confidence. As such, parents can benefit from support. Video Interactive Guidance (VIG) has been used as an intervention for developing parent-child feeding relationships at The Children's Trust.
Patients and Methods

We illustrate a case study detailing how VIG was used to support feeding. VIG is a video feedback intervention, where a 'guiderapos; supports a client to reflect on video clips of their own interactions (Kennedy et al., 2011). In the current example, the parent was supported to analyse video clips of times when she was feeding her child. Only positive clips were shown, with the view of building on positive moments.

The mother commented on the benefits of VIG being strengths based, which helped her to engage with the process despite feeling anxious about her child's feeding. In addition, she commented on the power of seeing 'what works' via real video footage. Furthermore, she noticed a positive impact on her child's feeding and her own confidence.

VIG provides an effective method for developing parent-child feeding relationships following an acquired brain injury.

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