Parent Information

Photo of girlParent Involvement in Treatment

Our program is focused on helping parents learn the skills they need to help their child. Parent participation in the program is required, and it is optimal if siblings are also actively involved in treatment. Parents actively participate in family therapy several times a week. Family therapy will focus on underlying issues that maintain the eating disorder, how to effectively support your child, psycho-education, and effective communication. In addition, parents are also involved in learning the meal plans when the child leaves and are responsible for meal planning for their child when they return home. Therefore, parents will work together with the dietician to learn meal planning prior to discharge.

Financial Responsibility

Many insurance policies cover medical and psychiatric treatment for individuals with eating disorders. Please consult your policy regarding the specific terms. A referral from the child’s primary care provider is often necessary prior to initiating care at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital. Limitations within individual policies may lead to expenses beyond insurance coverage. Financial counselors are available to assist families with questions in this area.

Requesting an Appointment

The Eating Disorders Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, can be accessed in several ways. If you live in the local area, make an appointment with your primary care provider. Explain the issues and ask for a referral. Have your primary care physician check height, weight in a hospital gown, resting heart rate, and electrolytes. This will help determine whether immediate hospitalization is necessary and the urgency of scheduling an appointment. For more information about Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, Eating Disorders Treatment Program, please call 305-668-5525.

Recommended Resources


 “Helping Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder”, James Lock, Daniel le Grange, Guilford Press,  2004

 “Skills-Based Learning for Caring for a Loved One With an Eating Disorder. The New Maudsley  Method”. Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith, and Anne Crane. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2007

 “Father Hunger”, Margo Maine, Gurze Books, 2004


National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders (847) 831-3438

National Eating Disorders Association      (800) 931-2237

Eating Disorders Referral and Information Center

Overeaters Anonymous- OA    (505) 891-2664 

Additional Hospital Resources