SPACE-ARFID for Parents

You deserve to know what makes ARFID go away … and what makes it more likely to stay.

You’re in the right place if this sounds like you …

  • His list of safe foods keeps getting shorter every day.
  • Even with the best treatment, we’re not making any progress.
  • She gets so angry and scared that I’m afraid to try new foods or she’ll never eat.
  • There’s always a “negotiating dance” around food that I know needs to end, but I don’t know how.
  • I feel like we’re never going to be able to eat like a normal family.
  • I just want to be able to go out to restaurants and on vacation again.
  • What exactly are we supposed to be doing here? I really don’t know.
  • We’ve done everything we were told to, but I have a feeling something’s missing.
  • I’m scared all the time.
Yale University

SPACE-ARFID Treatment was developed to treat parents for their kids’ disorders

Developed and validated by scientists at Yale University, SPACE-ARFID (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) helps parents find out the one thing they do that gets in the way of food flexibility … and learn how to stop doing it!

SPACE Treatment for ARFID

An 8-week intensive coaching program to help you learn the one thing parents do that makes it easier for ARFID to stick around, and how to stop doing it. Learn the skills you need to help your child expand their food flexibility and reduce eating anxiety.

In this coaching program you’ll learn:

Stop doing the one thing that makes it easier for ARFID to stick around.

Start using a proven method of feeding to help ARFID quiet down.

Recognize what’s getting in the way of flexibility and causing stress.

Everything Included:

parent coach zoom meeting

space training & skills

parent coach reading and homework

worksheets & homework

Support & encouragement

“It’s like night and day. I went from feeling like there was nothing to do to seeing all the little things I could do to change things.”

— S. Perry

Private Training


8 weeks of individual, private SPACE sessions with Ginny.

  • 8 in-person lessons with Ginny
  • Worksheets & homework
  • 100% personalized course

On-demand Training



  • 8 weeks of online lessons
  • Worksheets & homework
  • Email check-ins with Ginny

Plus: 1 private coaching session with Ginny

This changes everything.


You’ll understand how your behavior impacts ARFID behaviors and what to do about it.


You’ll know how to respond to ARFID behaviors with confidence.


You’ll see more food flexibility, fewer rituals, and less stress at meals.

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Ready to Get Started?

I’d love to work with you! I believe that SPACE-ARFID Treatment will make a difference in your child’s eating disorder.

The SPACE solution

SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) is an evidence-based treatment program that helps kids who suffer from severe anxiety symptoms. For example, with ARFID, anxiety symptoms may include a short list of “safe foods,” not eating in restaurants, and having rigid eating patterns and rituals. With SPACE, children are the treatment targets, but parents are the ones who attend coaching sessions. 

SPACE is a great way to deal with eating disorder behaviors like food restrictions, refusal, and rituals. Because while the available treatments can be helpful, they require engagement from the kids and rarely teach parents on how to respond effectively to the ARFID behaviors when they show up at home.

With SPACE, I’m able to teach parents exactly what to do, what not to do, and how to make a difference in eating disorder behaviors.

Recently the creators of SPACE developed and tested SPACE-ARFID, which provides even more guidance about how I can help parents who are dealing with food restrictions, refusal, and rituals.

SPACE-ARFID is effective in helping parents help kids eat a greater variety of food, in more places. And the kids don’t need to show up or engage in a single session. Parents do the work, but the kids benefit from the treatment. This is especially helpful when the child is resistant to or downright refuses treatment.

One child whose parents completed the program proudly announced, “I’m not a picky eater anymore because I can try new foods.”

SPACE-ARFID for Parents

Parent training to reduce symptoms of extreme picky eating/ARFID

When parents face kids with picky eating or ARFID, they often feel overwhelmed and exhausted. This is because it takes tremendous effort to feed these children. The list of safe foods can dwindle by the day, shrinking your child’s (and your whole family’s) options and flexibility.

SPACE-ARFID helps children recover, but parents are the ones who attend coaching sessions. You don’t need to force kids to attend SPACE sessions. Your kid doesn’t need to be engaged or motivated to change their behavior for SPACE-ARFID to work.

SPACE-ARFID is an 8-16-week coaching program that’s an effective way to:

  • Increase food flexibility
  • Reduce food rigidity
  • Function better in a variety of food environments
  • Expand the list of “accepted foods”
  • Decrease food-related stress
  • Reduce family accommodation
  • Teach parents to support children through resistance and fear