Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W55
CE Offered: BACB
Treating Food Refusal With a Spoonful of ABA
Friday, May 25, 2018
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom HI
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Barbara Endlich, Psy.D.
JENNIFER STYZENS (Behavior and Education)
Description: This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of various research-based ABA interventions used to treat food refusal, along with their relative effectiveness and recommendations for use with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Additional variables such as the use of functional analyses and a consideration of respondent conditioning influences are explored. Participants will be presented with a multi-modal approach to applying content presented within a didactic teaching approach (e.g., video, modeling, role playing, discussion). Workshop content is derived from a compilation of over 50 research articles related to the subject area, as well as a comprehensive meta-analysis of the research investigated. Ethical issues related to feeding interventions are discussed throughout the workshop.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Describe various topographical, demographic prevalence, and ethical considerations related to food refusal behaviors; (2) Explain possible contributing factors associated with food refusal behaviors in individuals with autism spectrum disorders; (3) Examine the existing use of functional assessment in the treatment of food refusal behaviors, summarize functional analysis procedures for food refusal, discuss research findings on the distribution of identified function of food refusal, and classify operant-controlled food refusal behaviors by functional category; (4) Differentiate the contributions of respondent versus operant conditioning in established food aversions, and identify how to incorporate respondent conditioning methods within the treatment of food refusal behaviors; (5) Define and demonstrate various antecedent-based, consequence-based, and reinforcement-based ABA feeding interventions; (6) Determine the most appropriate technique to apply for a particular situation, based on comparative effectiveness, contextual variables, and ethical considerations; (7) Explore areas for future research to further our knowledge of food refusal treatments.
Activities: The workshop will include a balance of lecture, video observation, role play, small group activities, and interactive discussion. The workshop activities are intended both to apply content presented and also to support a deeper understanding and analysis of the variables involved in feeding interventions.
Audience: The workshop is presented at a Basic level, and is appropriate for any certificant holder (BCaBA, BCBA, and BCBA-D) who wants to further their understanding and application of food refusal treatments.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): feeding interventions, food refusal, food selectivity



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