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jens
I'm looking at a couple of different programs for my daughter's partial-hospitalization.  

Is there a benefit to a program that alternates morning and afternoon start times?  One program does that with the kids and parents eating breakfast together twice a week (8:15am-2:30pm, 2 times a week) and the other days starting at lunch time (11:30pm-6:15pm, 3 times a week).  The other program runs 12-7 everyday.

The first program is run by our local hospital and is the one that my daughter's nutritionist is familiar with.   The second program (afternoon only) is a nationally run private program.

I'm leaning towards the first program as my daughter consistently skips breakfast so I'm thinking it would be good to have a couple of mornings in the program.  And I like that she'd have a couple of evenings free to spend time with her friends.

Any thoughts?
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tina72
Go with your gut. If you think breakfast is the hardest meal at the moment give it a try. But about freetime with friends in the evenings: be aware that this will be limited to the time AFTER she has eaten dinner...She will only be able to see friends between meals and snacks at the start. The first weeks she will be eating all the day. One day we sat about 20 hours at the table. So not much time to see friends in between in this state...sorry to be so blunt.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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Foodsupport_AUS
Realistically the most important is a program which insists that all meals and snacks are eaten. Usually three meals and three snacks. I would look at how this is going to work around your lives and how you are going to fit things in. 
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13.5. Weight restored July 2012. Relapse and now clawing our way back. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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