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.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #510
CE Offered: BACB — 
The Future of Feeding: Current Criticisms and Directions Forward
Monday, May 27, 2024
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 9-10
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Meeta R. Patel, Ph.D.
Chair: Bethany Hansen (Munroe Meyer Institute )
MEETA R. PATEL (Clinic 4 Kidz & Stanford University School of Medicine)
WILLIAM G. SHARP (The Marcus Autism Center)
COLLEEN LUKENS (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Perelman School of Medicine)
Abstract: Behavior analysis has made significant contributions to the field of feeding and nutrition, particularly in addressing problematic eating behaviors, dietary preferences, and mealtime routines in individuals with various developmental and behavioral disorders. However, this presentation highlights the growing concerns and critiques surrounding the application of behavior analysis to feeding, including concerns about autonomy, ethical considerations, and the need for individualized, culturally sensitive approaches. Our expert panel will engage in a comprehensive discussion of these criticisms and share insights into how behavior analysts can address them effectively. Moreover, the panel will present innovative strategies and emerging trends that hold promise for the future of behavior analytic treatment for feeding problems. This session aims to guide behavior analysts, researchers, and practitioners towards more inclusive, ethical, and effective approaches to feeding interventions, ultimately improving the quality of life for individuals with feeding challenges. Further, this session will foster an open dialogue and exploring new directions in research and practice.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Interested individuals should have a basic understanding of the assessment and treatment of feeding problems.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify current criticisms of behavior-analytic feeding treatment; (2) describe how behavior analysts can address criticisms; (3) state strategies for providing inclusive, ethical, and effective treatment.
Keyword(s): criticisms, feeding disorders, future research



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