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Multidisciplinary Intervention for Feeding Problems in Children with Autism – a 6 hour workshop


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Event Information

Presented by: T. Lindsey Burrell, PhD & Nikki Smith MS, RDN, CSP, LD

Live: 8/26/2022 & 9/02/2022 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

The recording of all ABAC Live events are accessible to those that register for the live event for 2-weeks.

Continuing education credit and professional development requirements must be met within that two-week window.

The recording will close on 9/16/22 at 11:59 pm Eastern.


Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have an increased risk for feeding problems. Food selectivity, or eating a narrow range of food, is the most common feeding problem in children with ASD. The etiology and impact of feeding problems in children with ASD is multi-faceted, spanning across fields including psychology, behavioral analysis, nutrition, speech pathology, occupational therapy and medicine. Despite this multi-faceted need, there is often a siloed treatment approach that may lead to missing important contributing and consequential factors and can preclude treatment gains that come from a multidisciplinary or collaborative treatment approach. Research supports a multidisciplinary treatment approach in residential or day programs for severe feeding problems in children with ASD; however, this may not always be available or may not be necessary for less severe cases. Therefore, community providers should be equipped with the knowledge and resources to identify the presenting concerns and various provider types that need to be involved in safe and effective treatment of this population. The purpose of this presentation is to identify the different types of feeding problems in children with ASD, differentiate between the roles of different provider types in the treatment of feeding problems, provide an overview of assessments across disciplines to identify the type and severity of the feeding problem, and introduce evidence-based treatment strategies across disciplines to address the needs of this population.


Professionals from the multiple disciplines that include assessment and treatment of feeding disorders within their scope of practice.

We also welcome those for whom the topic is within their scope of practice, students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us. Note that continuing education credit may not be available for all professionals in the target audience. ABAC will provide a certificate of attendance for those who attend for professional development purposes.


Part 1- Clinical Presentation and Assessment
Part 2 - Assessment (continued) and Treatment of Feeding Disorders in Autism

After attending Part 1 participants should be able to:

1) Identify the different types of feeding problems common in children with ASD
2) Determine appropriate assessment techniques needed for the presenting concern
3) Distinguish multidisciplinary referrals depending on the child's needs"

After attending Part 2 participants should be able to:

1) Determine intervention based on assessment of the feeding problem
2) Match treatment strategy with the appropriate discipline
3) Identify the foundational feeding behaviors essential to expanding dietary variety
4) Develop a roadmap to guide successful intervention


T. Lindsey Burrell, PhD is a Licensed Psychologist at the Atlanta Children's Center and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Research has focused 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. Clinically, Dr. Burrell treats common childhood concerns with a focus on behavior, feeding, toileting and sleep in young children. She also provides consultative services and training for the RUBI Parent Training program and feeding intervention in children with ASD.

Nikki Smith is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and is a Certified Specialist in Pediatrics. She received her degree in Dietetics from the University of Georgia and then completed her dietetic internship and Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Previously she worked in Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital covering the pediatric intensive care unit and gastrointestinal clinics for 6 years. She then moved to Georgia where she has worked for the past 6 years at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta covering feeding disorders in patients with food allergies, feeding tubes and autism. In addition she manages a private practice where she works with children who have feeding disorders and tube feeds.


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. Both speakers receive speaker fees for presenting this and other ABAC webinars


11:00 am: Introduction: Welcome, Requirements to earn continuing education, Presenter Bio
11:05 am: Presentation Begins
12:30 pm: First break
12:40 pm: First Q&A session
1:50 pm: Webinar resumes
1:45 pm: Second Q&A session
2:00 pm: Live Model: Submitting Continuing Education Requirements and Evaluation and Accessing your Certificate
(Optional but recommended for those new to ABAC- Can't stay Click on this Link for more on how to earn Continuing Education At ABAC)

Post-test: Multiple choice questions| Total anticipated time to complete: Approximately 15 minutes (CE eligible for some professions) | Passing score: 80%

Attendance Verification: Attendance Code Submission Form | Total anticipated time to complete: 2 minutes


  • Opportunities to interact with the presenter during the Live Event.
  • All ABACLive Events include a reference list which allows attendees to continue their research following the event.
  • Presenters may provide their slides or an abridged version of their slides as a handout at their own discretion.
  • Handouts and additional resources (if applicable) are available for download 24 hours prior to the Live Event start time.
  • Two-week Post-Live Event Access Period: During this time, those that registered for the live event are able to view the recording, access handouts and other resources provided (if applicable) and complete continuing education requirements.


  • 0.6 IACET CEUs:  (Who recognizes IACET Accreditation)
  • 6 BACB CEUs (Learning)
  • 5.5 QABA LUs (Learning Units)
  • Dieticians: Pending CDR approval for 5.5 CEUs
  • 5.5 APA Credit Hours
  • 0.6 IACET CEUs = 6 PDHs for SLPs     Speech and Language Pathologists: This event has been reviewed by the ABAC Internal Continuing Education Committee SLP Content Expert and is recommended for SLPs
  • .6 AOTA Credit Hours Course Approval ID# 02613 * (Includes Anticipated Quiz Time)   

The Applied Behavior Analysis Center is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02613. This distance learning-independent event is offered at .6 CEUs [Introductory Level | OT Service Delivery]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

NBCC & ASWB credit hours not offered for this Live Event.


  • Attendance Verification and Passing Score on Post-test (80%) Required to Earn Continuing Education Credit
  • Participants are provided multiple opportunities to pass the post-test and provide attendance verification.
  • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.

If the abovementioned continuing education credit requirements are not met, participants will not receive continuing education credit. Partial credit will not be awarded. Refunds and transfers are not granted if requirements are not met. In the event additional support is necessary to achieve the expected outcomes (see below) please reach out to to request assistance.

Attendees who meet the continuing education credit requirements must also fill out a confidential evaluation. Once the evaluation is complete, the certificate can be found in the "My Certificates" tab in an attendee's personal dashboard.


Certificate of attendance are offered to those who do not need or require continuing education credit. For those attending the live event, selecting "other" as a professional designation will produce a certificate of attendance for professional development or internal organization training purposes.


After attending Part 1, attendees will select the correct answer on 80% of the questions within 3 attempts of the post-test that assesses the 3 learning objectives for this 3-hour event.

After attending Part 2, attendees will select the correct answer on 80% of the questions within 3 attempts of the post-test that assesses the 4 learning objectives for this 3-hour event.