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12th Annual Autism Conference; Miami, FL; 2018

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Workshop #W1
A Primer on the Assessment and Treatment of Food Refusal: Interdisciplinary Advantages and Practical Considerations
Sunday, February 4, 2018
9:30 AM–12:20 PM
Regency Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Carrie S. W. Borrero, Ph.D.
CARRIE S. W. BORRERO (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
Dr. Borrero received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida (UF) in 2006. In 2007, she assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. At UF, Dr. Borrero continued her training in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior. Dr. Borrero’s clinical experiences and training have continued since earning her degree, although her interests have shifted to the area of pediatric food refusal. In her current position, Dr. Borrero works in the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute, an intensive program designed to treat young children who exhibit severe food refusal. As such, in recent years, Dr. Borrero’s research has focused heavily on eating difficulties, specifically evaluating methods to increase food consumption and decrease inappropriate mealtime behavior. Dr. Borrero currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Modification, and Behavioral Development Bulletin and has served as a Guest Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is currently the Co-Executive Director of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis and an Adjunct Instructor at UMBC.
Description: Severe food refusal can be a relatively common concern for parents with young children, particularly those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It has been reported that as high as 90% of children with ASD have some form of food refusal or selectivity (Kodak & Piazza, 2008). Food refusal and selectivity are associated with a child experiencing severe difficulties consuming adequate nutrition by mouth, and can often be a significant source for stress in the home. Although the causes may not be identifiable in all cases, pediatric food refusal can be related to physiological, developmental, and environment factors, and can benefit from a behavior analytic approach. Emphasis on a behavior analytic interpretation of the emergence of food refusal, and an approach to assessment and treatment will be discussed.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe potential factors related to pediatric food refusal; (2)understand how pediatric food refusal is assessed from a behavior analytic perspective; (3) understand how pediatric food refusal is treated from a behavior analytic perspective; (4) describe how an interdisciplinary team may approach pediatric food refusal.
Activities: Instructional strategies include lecture and discussion.
Audience: Board certified behavior analysts, licensed psychologists, graduate students.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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