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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W73
CE Offered: BACB
Using Evidence-Based Practice in ABA to Treat Packing in Children With Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Room to be Announced
Area: AUT/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Bryant C. Silbaugh, Ph.D.
BRYANT C. SILBAUGH (The University of Texas at San Antonio)
Description: Pediatric feeding disorders are highly prevalent in developmental disorders, and a wide variety of behavioral interventions based on applied behavior analysis have been developed. Yet, few behavior analysts are trained to treat feeding problems. Based partly on a recent synthesis of the literature (Silbaugh, Swinnea, & Penrod, 2017), this workshop takes a step towards reducing the research-to-practice gap by providing practitioners with an introduction to behavioral interventions for packing, a topography of disordered feeding characterized by holding food in the mouth for an extended time. Participants will learn about packing, multiple interventions shown to improve packing, the certainty of the evidence, how to treat packing safely in the context of the evidence-based practice of ABA, and some ethical considerations. Participants who fully participate and complete the workshop will not necessarily be prepared to treat feeding problems without supervision, but will take away a completed study guide and many prerequisite skills useful for furthering their professional development pertaining to the treatment of packing and other topographies of disordered feeding.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Define and discriminate between examples and nonexamples of pediatric feeding disorders; (2) Discriminate between food refusal and food selectivity in scenarios; (3) List topographies of disordered feeding and discriminate disordered feeding from mealtime challenging behavior; (4) Define and describe packing; (5) Identify various clinical rationales for intervening on packing; (6) Identify the relationship between packing and interventions that increase acceptance; (7) List, describe, and discriminate between behavioral interventions that improve packing; (8) List behavioral mechanisms that may control packing during intervention; (9) List the three primary components of the evidence-based practice of ABA; (10) State the certainty of the evidence for behavioral interventions for packing and describe some implications for the evidence-based practice of ABA; (11) List some of the ethical considerations pertaining to intervening on packing; (12) Complete a checklist-based self-assessment of evidence-based practice of ABA as it pertains to feeding problems and write at least one behaviorally-stated goal pertaining to the future use of evidence-based practice to treat packing.
Activities: (1) Lecture (2) Individual active student response opportunities using Poll Everywhere via cell phone or laptop (3) Completion of a guided notes packet (4) Small group breakout and discussion
Audience: Currently practicing BCaBAs, BCBAs, and BCBA-Ds
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Autism, Evidence based, Feeding disorders, Packing

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