WEBINAR: Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism

February 6, 2019
June 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Military Families Learning Network
GA 30362

Presenters: Jamie Pearson, Ph.D. & Hedda Meadan, Ph.D.

Description: Many families of young children with autism and related disorders face challenges related to diet, nutrition, and food selectivity. This webinar will address common concerns of families surrounding dietary preferences and limitations often seen in young children with autism. The presenters will highlight the effects of food preferences, aversions, and special diets on child and family outcomes and discuss ways professionals and families can encourage young children with autism to broaden their diet.  They will also provide strategies for ensuring quality nutrition in young children with autism and related disorders.


1. Participants will describe the behavioral, physiological, and cultural factors that contribute to diet and eating preferences in children with autism and related disorders

2. Participants will identify behavioral strategies for overcoming food aversions in children with autism and related disorders

3. Participants will identify nutrient dense alternatives to foods that are non-preferred by children with autism and related disorders

4. Participants will discuss family-centered, naturalistic teaching strategies to strengthen family mealtime experiences

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