Selective Eating Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

By: Drs. Bridget Taylor & Keith Williams

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About this Webinar

Working with a picky eater? Join us as we discuss selective eating in children with autism and interventions for increasing diet variety.

This webinar is eligible for 1 General CE.

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Our Next Guest: A Conversation with Drs. Bridget Taylor & Keith Williams

Selective eating is common among children with special needs and children with autism spectrum in particular. Keith will discuss possible reasons for selective eating. He will also discuss selective eating as a spectrum problem and why the failure to conceptualize selective eating in this manner can be problematic. He will also talk about the role of repeated exposure in the development of taste preferences and how a range of interventions can incorporate repeated exposure to increase diet variety.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the role of repeated taste exposure in the development of taste preferences.
  2. Discuss the incorporation of fading into an intervention for increasing diet variety.
  3. Discuss the importance of motivating operations for feeding interventions.

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About the Speakers

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Keith Williams, Ph.D, BCBA

Director of Feeding Program for Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Professor of Pediatrics for Penn State College of Medicine, Author

Keith has over 35 years of experience working with children with feeding problems. He has been the Director of the Feeding Program at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center for 25 years and is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Penn State College of Medicine. He has over 70 publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and books. His latest book was Broccoli Boot Camp with Laura Seiverling.

Keith is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of Behavior Analysis (PennABA). He was a Fulbright Global Health Specialist to the National University of Ireland. 

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Dr. Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D

Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group/ Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink

Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is co-founder and CEO of Alpine Learning Group and is Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. Dr. Taylor has specialized in the education of children with Autism for over 30 years. She holds a Doctor of Psychology from Rutgers University and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. She is past president of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and past Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She currently serves on several editorial boards and the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Active in the Autism research community, Dr. Taylor has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters, on innovative practices to improve the lives of individuals with autism. Dr. Taylor was recently recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions and was given ABAI’s Fellow designation.

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About the Author

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Erin Mayberry, BCBA, LBA

Director of Community Engagement

Erin Mayberry is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been in the field of ABA since 2009. Prior to Rethink, Erin provided clinical consultation to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families in home, clinic, and school settings, as well as staff training in behavioral crisis prevention. Erin has been with Rethink since 2018, and has worked in professional services, customer success, and most recently as Rethink’s Director of Community Engagement, working with our customers to create successful and meaningful partnerships.

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