Hypnobehavioral approaches for school-age children with dysphagia and food aversion: a case series

J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1996 Oct;17(5):335-41. doi: 10.1097/00004703-199610000-00008.


The purpose of this article is to describe hypnobehavioral treatment of five school-age children with maladaptive eating behaviors, including functional dysphagia, food aversion, globus hystericus, and conditioned fear of eating (phagophobia). The unique treatment approach described emphasizes the successful use of self-management techniques, particularly hypnosis, by all five children. Common etiological factors, treatment strategies, and proposed mechanisms of change are discussed. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first such case series in the mainstream pediatric literature describing the use of a hypnobehavioral approach for children with these maladaptive eating problems.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Autosuggestion
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Child
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / etiology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / therapy*
  • Female
  • Gagging / physiology
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / methods*
  • Imagery, Psychotherapy
  • Male
  • Phobic Disorders / therapy
  • Vomiting, Anticipatory / therapy