The Bicycle Model

The Bicycle Model of Child Feeding© is a framework drawing upon PhD research findings, psychology theory, and clinical practice. 

The aims of the Bicycle Model are to: 

  • Bridge the gap between feeding psychology research and clinical practice
  • Help health professionals and families to understand parent-child interactions around food

The Bicycle Model© provides a framework for understanding

  • How parents experience feeding challenges (the back wheel)
  • How children experience eating challenges (the front wheel)
  • Current parent-child interactions around food (the bicycle)
  • Past parent & child experiences (where the bicycle is traveling from)
  • The future of a child's eating & family relationships (where the bicycle is going)
  • How context, society, culture & life events impact parent-child interactions around food (the terrain)

An Introduction to the Bicycle Model 

Created in collaboration with NHS Bolton Healthy Families Team


Bicycle Model Resources include: 

  • Webinars for health professionals (dietitians, OTs, SLPs, early intervention practitioners and others)
  • Handouts and templates 

All webinars and resources will be shared here as they become available. 


Webinar: Getting the Wheels Turning: The Bicycle Model of Feeding

Hosted by RFPro

Available on Demand

Find out more & register at: 

This webinar covers:

  • The parents' perspective
  • The child's side of the story
  • An introduction to parent-child interactions