Identifying and Assessing Feeding Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


After the success of her workshop Treatment of Children with Feeding Problems and Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Evidence-Based Treatment, Dr. LIndsey Burrell returns to ABAC!

If you did NOT attend Treatment of Children with Feeding Problems and Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Evidence-Based Treatment in 2020 you will likely be interested in both this workshop and the workshop “Parent Training for Moderate Feeding Problems and Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Autism MEAL Plan.”  You can register for a bundle which includes both events by clicking here.

Thursday 5/6/21

Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm eastern (New York)

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Identifying and Assessing Feeding Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 5:30-7:30 pm eastern (New York)


Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are five times more likely to exhibit feeding problems, most commonly in the form of disruptive mealtime behavior and food selectivity (Sharp, Berry, McCracken, et al. 2013). Poor dietary diversity in ASD is associated with vitamin and mineral deficiencies, poor bone growth, and constipation (Hediger, England, Molloy, Yu, Manning-Courtney, & Mills, 2008; Sharp, Berry, McElhanon, & Jaquess, 2014). In addition to long-term medical and nutritional implications, impairments in oral motor sensory functioning can contribute to or result from early feeding challenges (Dodrill, et al., 2014; Goday et al., 2019). Research indicates that feeding concerns persist and extend into adolescence and adulthood (Fodstad & Matson, 2008; Kushner, et al., 2015). These multifaceted precipitant and consequential effects necessitate a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. This course will help providers 1) Recognize feeding problems requiring intervention, 2) Assess the severity and impact of feeding problems, 3) Determine if multidisciplinary providers should be consulted, and 4) Evaluate the best treatment model for the presenting concern.

Target Audience: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.


By the end of this event participants should be able to:

  • Identify the potential contribution of medical and developmental factors in the development of feeding problems in infants and young children
  • Identify the nutritional, medical, oral-motor sensory, and psychosocial impact of feeding problems on the child and family
  • Identify when multidisciplinary providers should be consulted on feeding problems.
  • Identify the best treatment approach for the presenting type and severity of the feeding problem.



T. Lindsey Burrell, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on developing, evaluating and delivering parent-mediated interventions to reduce disruptive behavior and improve feeding in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Recent research topics have involved evaluating the group-based RUBI Parent Training program and the Autism MEAL Plan. The MEAL Plan is a parent-mediated intervention to expand dietary variety in early school aged children with ASD and moderate food selectivity. Dr. Burrell’s current research focuses on understanding the needs of community providers treating feeding problems in children with ASD and adapting the Autism MEAL Plan to improve community service delivery. In addition to research, Dr. Burrell provides clinical services through the Children’s Multidisciplinary Feeding Program at the Marcus Autism Center


The presenter(s) and/or presenters’ family members do not have financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk.


    • Behavior Analysts earn 2 CEUs (Learning): Live or recording
    • Psychologists earn 2 CEs: Live or recording
    • Not eligible for NBCC, AOTA, or ASWB credit hours. You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.


Please read the following information carefully:

    • You must attend the entire event to receive credit.
    • Must pass post-tests with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes.
    • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.


5:30 pm: Introduction
5:35 pm: Webinar begins
7:15 pm: Q&A session
7:30 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms