The Satter Feeding Dynamics Model for the autodidact

Prepared by Ellyn Satter June 2013

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Reading and study on you own
. Here is a listing of reading and work you can do on your own or in a study group with colleagues to help yourself understand and properly apply fdSatter. In addition to the readings listed, subscribe to and read the monthly Family Meals Focus newsletters as well as ESI Facebook conversations. Both publications address trends, programs, and thinking that are consistent (or inconsistent) with fdSatter (and also the Satter Eating Competence Model, ecSatter). If you find yourself stumbling on research, issues and questions, raise them on Facebook, as that supports mutual help with others who are also bringing themselves along with the models.

CEU credits for RDNs. Since we can’t test your understanding, we can’t support you in getting credits for Sponsored Independent Learning. You can, however, use this self-study activity as Professional Reading, or join with at least two other people to have a Study Group or Journal Club.


  1. Read the short statement about fdSatter.
  2. Read the feeding articles and research.
  3. To understand the theory and practice of feeding dynamics and developmental aspects of feeding, read and study Child of Mine.
  4. To test your understanding of the theory and practice of feeding dynamics and developmental aspects of feeding, take the Child of Mine CEU examination. This exam is fun, entertaining, and educational, challenging.
  5. To understand how the theory and practice of feeding dynamics and developmental aspects of feeding apply to the prevention and treatment of child overweight and obesity, readYour Child's Weight: Helping Without Harming. A CEU exam is being written for Your Child’s Weight.
  6. Work your way through the videos and lesson plans inEllyn Satter’s Feeding with Love and Good Sense II: Parent Teaching Package. This sharpens your observational skills and reinforces your understanding of fdSatter.
  7. Read all of the short articles about feeding, which address feeding principles, developmental aspects of feeding, and feeding problems.
  8. Use each of the short articles about feeding as a self-tutorial, which is how they are intended. These topics and hyperlinks resemble conversations you have with parents as you address their feeding concerns. Say they want to discuss Feeding a Toddler. This leads to considerations about whether or not they are having family meals. To be successful with those meals, they have to understand normal child eating behavior and provide the child with sit-down snacks rather than allow him to eat all the time between meals. You get the idea.

To test your understanding, pull up any article, then try to anticipate what fdSatter consistent guidance will be given in the hyperlink. In the toddler example above, try to think fdSatter consistent guidance about family meals, normal child eating behavior, and sit-down snacks. For instance, in the Feeding your Almost-toddler article, what guidelines are addressed under much or little, normal child eating behavior, or sit-down snacks?

  1. Review and understand the practice guidelines relative to pediatric feeding disorders and child obesity. Take particular care to understand the difference between the feeding dynamics model and the conventional approach.
  2. Review the ESI position statements on child obesity and child diabetes.
  3. Start with Family Meals Focus #1 and work your way through all of the topics that relate to child nutrition and/or feeding.
  4. Participate in ESI webinars.


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