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School-Based Interventions : Depression
Interventions for Appetite Changes

  1. Encourage the student to use snacks and/or physical activity to enhance functioning

    Provide snack breaks when the student finishes tasks. Encourage the student to be physically active at appropriate times by taking attendance to the office, standing and moving books, etc.
  2. Allow the student multiple opportunities to snack or be physically active during the school day or during breaks

    If decreased appetite, allow opportunities every few hours for the student to snack during breaks. If increased appetite or weight gain, allow opportunities for the student to do physical activity during breaks (take attendance to the office, help clean the classroom, etc.).
  3. Allow the student to eat apart from other students, or eat with preferred students

    Position the student with a small group of students, at the end of the table, or in an alternative room if the student is uncomfortable eating in front of others. top

Behavioral Planning

  • Change food reinforcers to nonedibles

    Instead of chips or candy, reinforce the student with stickers, computer time, or points to earn a lunch date with a preferred peer (if increased appetite/weight).
  • Provide the student with flexible options for snacking throughout the day

    Allow the student to keep nonmessy, nonspillable beverages or healthy snacks at his/her desk to access while working. top
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