Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W49
CE Offered: BACB — 
Cultivating Compassion Around the Table: Exploring Compassionate Behavioral Mealtime Interventions
Friday, May 24, 2024
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Meeting Room 401
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Lisa Tereshko, Ph.D.
LISA TERESHKO (Endicott College)
Description: Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) frequently present repetitive and restrictive forms of behavior which can also be noted as food selectivity and other feeding problems. These restrictive patterns of feeding behavior can also be seen in children without a diagnosed disability or with other disabilities, and all these patterns of feeding may then lead to a diagnosis of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (AFRID) for some individuals. Given the complexity of feeding problems and the diverse population behavior analysts serve, there is a great need for interdisciplinary collaboration, the practice of cultural humility and responsive behavior, and the implementation of compassionate feeding interventions by the behavior analyst when working with these individuals. This workshop will begin with a review of peer-reviewed publications on a systematic review of the literature focused on feeding interventions without the use of escape extinction followed by a case that highlights the utility of some procedures found within the review with an individual with ASD and anxiety disorder. The Cultural Feeding Intervention Tool and an ethical feeding intervention rubric will also be discussed as methods that may assist behavior analysts in applying ethical and culturally responsive mealtime assessments and interventions with their clients.
Learning Objectives: 1) Identify ethical considerations that surround the implementation of behavioral mealtime interventions 2) Describe various cultural factors that contribute to successful mealtimes 3) Describe compassionate approaches to implement behavioral mealtime interventions
Activities: Instructional strategies include: lecture, discussion, video examples, and small group breakout activities. The workshop objectives will be achieved through the instructional strategies combined with the demonstration of various decision-making models, rubrics, and tools across a variety of case studies. Supplemental materials will be provided for participants to further their knowledge of the presented topics and to provide access to reviewed tools within the workshop. The format combines lecture and small group activities that allow for guided practice.
Audience: Audience members should have an understanding of behavioral principles, experience with working or observing students or clients with various mealtime challenges, and have a desire to improve how behavioral feeding interventions are implemented to target mealtime challenges.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): feeding, mealtime



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