Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #328
CE Offered: BACB
What Do You Mean You Aren't Hungry?
Sunday, May 26, 2024
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 12-13
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Barathi Chinnappan, M.A.
Chair: Barathi Chinnappan (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)
KRISTIN VESPE (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
MICHELLE DUNN (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
Abstract: The assessment and treatment of feeding disorders has a research basis in applied behavior analysis (ABA); however, the research has often been conducted in specialized intensive feeding clinics or outpatient programs where participants are medically stable enough to receive a lower level of outpatient care (e.g., Rivas et al, 2014; Patel et al, 2002; Mueller et al, 2003). At times, pediatric patients require acute hospitalization for medical stabilization due to dehydration, food refusal or acute malnutrition which puts them at risk for additional medical complications. When these patients are admitted to the hospital the initial goal is nutritional rehabilitation and medical stabilization. The availability of a multi-disciplinary team can change the course of a typical medical hospitalization for this population. The multi-disciplinary team includes physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, and nursing. Behavior analysts serve as a consultant to the team to incorporate behavioral principles into treatment. This panel will discuss the treatment of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), anorexia nervosa, and exercising behaviors using behavioral technology and the individualization of standardized medical clinical pathways to increase patient outcomes.
Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience: Clinicians working with, or interested in learning more about, individuals who engage in food refusal, are diagnosed with ARFID or other eating disorders.
Learning Objectives: (1). Participants will be able to discuss potential behavioral treatments for ARFID and anorexia nervosa. (2). Participants will be able to discuss the role of a multi-disciplinary team in the treatment of ARFID and anorexia nervosa. (3). Participants will be able to identify behaviors that are associated with eating disorders and potential treatment options.
Keyword(s): ARFID, Eating disorders, feeding intervention, Food selectivity



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