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Treating Feeding Challenges in Autism


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1. Introduction 2. Medical and Behavioral Origins of Feeding Problems 3. Preparing for Meals 4. Treatment Components: Positive Reinforcement and Escape Extinction 5. Treatment Components: Antecedent Variables 6. Common Treatment Packages 7. Treatment Management 8. Caregiver Training and Follow-Up 9. Troubleshooting

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A thorough treatment of evidence-based approaches for treating feeding challenges in individuals with autism and other developmental and behavioral disorders

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Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D, is the Program Director of the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of Southern California, as well as Director of Research at FirstSteps for Kids. Dr. Tarbox is the Editor of the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice and serves on the editorial boards of multiple scientific journals related to autism and behavior analysis. He has published four books on autism treatment and well over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in scientific texts. His research focuses on behavioral interventions for teaching complex skills to individuals with autism, treatment of feeding disorders, and the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to applied behavior analysis. Taira Lanagan Bermudez, MS, BCBA, is the Director of Feeding Services and Clinical Program Director at FirstSteps for Kids. Ms. Bermudez is devoted to treatment evaluation, research, and the dissemination of behavior analysis, particularly related to behavioral feeding intervention. She regularly presents at autism and ABA conferences and is an author of several scientific papers and book chapters. Currently, she directly implements and supervises feeding intervention, as well as telehealth treatment and training of parents and professionals.

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