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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Invited Tutorial #266
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Introductory Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Sunday, May 28, 2017
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 4
Area: DDA/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
PSY/BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Andrew W. Gardner, Ph.D.
Chair: Andrew W. Gardner (University of Arizona)
Presenting Authors: : SEAN D. CASEY (The Iowa Department of Education)

Many children diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disabilities are also diagnosed with comorbid pediatric feeding disorders. Assessment and treatment approaches using an applied behavior analytic model have been associated with successful outcomes for children who display total food refusal and food selectivity. Nevertheless, ABA approaches are often under-utilized by most front-line clinicians and interventionists. More concerning, however, is that most behavior analysts receive little pre-service training in this area and yet are often called on to address feeding concerns. In this tutorial, this issue will be addressed by covering the following four areas: 1) providing a basic ABA framework to assessment and treatment, 2) identify a scope and sequence for treatment, 3) promoting appropriate, measurable goals to establish success or failure of treatment efforts, and 4) when to refer children to programs that have more time, more resources, or simply have more expertise to address a specific childs feeding concern. Implications for the use of ABA approaches in assessment and treatment in feeding problems in young children will also be discussed to help advance an appropriate scope of practice that is ethically acceptable for the typically practicing BCBA who has little to no formal pre-service training in the area of feeding disorders.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts, licensed psychologists, graduate students.

Learning Objectives: Pending.
SEAN D. CASEY (The Iowa Department of Education)
Dr. Casey is currently a consultant for challenging behaviors for the Iowa Department of Education and the clinical director for in-home feeding disorders at the Heartland Pediatric Feeding Disorder Program. He has published in such journals as The European Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Journal of Applied Behavioral Analysis. His research interests include concurrent operants assessments, feeding disorders assessments and treatments, functional assessment of severe problem behaviors, negative reinforcement, and reinforcer assessment.
Keyword(s): assessment, feeding disorder, pediatric, treatment



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