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Tri-State Webinar: Picky Eaters: Facts and Interventions: Part 1

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A Picky eater is a broad term covering many food issues. Common feeding difficulties include mechanics of eating (holding utensils, etc.), swallowing, restricted food preference (types, texture, &presentation), eating too much, and eating too little. Ethical and legal issues regarding the implementation of feeding interventions in schools may vary across training, location, and experience and consulting with a team of experienced professionals (i.e. SLP, OT, dietitian, medical doctor, psychologist, BCBA, etc.) is a critical component of the treatment plan. Research has shown that applied behavior analysis procedures such as antecedent interventions and escape extinction have been effective in treating feeding issues with students with Autism. This webinar will review types of eating issues, ethical issues related to treating feeding issues in schools, assessment procedures, and a review of evidence based practice to help with specific issues.

In part 1, Melinda Henson, M.Ed., BCBA, will focus on  Prevalence, Eating Challenges, Ethics, and Assessment. In Part 2, Jeanine Kesteron, Ph.D., BCBA-D, will discuss assessment and the team approach, and evidence-based procedures.

Part 1 Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify estimated prevalence of feeding problems in children with ASD
  2. Understand different examples of feeding & eating challenges
  3. Recognize ethical considerations treating feeding issues in school settings
  4. Identify behavioral assessment factors to emphasize or adapt for children with autism

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The webinars are listed by category and alphabetical order. The category for this webinar is Behavior. Subcategory Teaching Procedures.


See also, Picky Eaters: Facts and Interventions: Part 2