Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Workshop #W32
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
BITES®: A Behavioral InTEgrated With Speech Approach to Feeding Therapy
Friday, May 28, 2021
9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Area: CBM/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Laura J. Seiverling, Ph.D.
LAURA J. SEIVERLING (Ball State University), ELISE JUSKO (Bites Feeding Therapy, LLC)
Description: Pediatric feeding problems are complex and often require a multi-disciplinary approach to assessment and treatment. The Behavioral InTEgrated with Speech approach, known as BITES®, focuses specifically on how speech-language pathologists (SLPS) and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) can work together to assess feeding problems and develop interventions for them. With over 30 years of combined experience in the field of pediatric feeding disorders, Laura Seiverling, Psychologist and BCBA-D, and Elise Jusko, CCC-SLP, will draw from their own experiences working on a multidisciplinary feeding team together and will provide an overview of how cross-discipline collaboration between SLPs and BCBAs can look when it comes to both assessment and treatment of food selectivity, chewing, packing, rapid eating, tongue thrusts, dysphagia, food overstuffing, choking phobias, and self-feeding difficulties. Case examples will be provided for each of the feeding problems discussed. In addition, the presenters will review the various factors that may lead to a feeding problem and will provide an overview of typical feeding development. Content has peer reviewed, published support beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Describe typical feeding development 2. Identify the role of various disciplines involved in multidisciplinary feeding evaluations. 3. Identify common medical and environmental factors that may lead to a feeding problem. 4. Understand the role of both SLPs and BCBAs in the assessment and intervention of pediatric feeding disorders. 5. Collect baseline data and determine a starting point for feeding interventions. They will also learn how to collect data on various mealtime behaviors, graph child mealtime behavior, and how to write task-analyzed feeding protocols. 6. Use behavioral skills training to teach caregivers and others to implement feeding interventions.
Activities: Instructional strategies include: Lecture, video, small group activities, case examples, discussion, and role-play.
Audience: Attendees should have a basic understanding of pediatric feeding problems and some experience implementing feeding interventions.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): feeding disorders, interdisciplinary collaboration



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