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Event Information

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Autism Assessment and Intervention Series

Brought to you by ABAC in partnership with Rethink Behavioral Health

A Team Approach to the Assessment and Treatment of Feeding Disorders in Children with Autism

Presented by: T. Lindsey Burrell, PhD, Nikki Smith MS, RDN, CSP, LD, & Casey Skye Love Beck MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS

Live: Thursday, June 16, 2022  | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

The recording of all ABACLive 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 6/30/22 at 11:59 pm eastern.


Interdisciplinary teams work cooperatively supporting the delivery of services to individuals, families, and caretakers. One area in which team work is critical is the assessment and treatment of feeding disorders in children with autism. This two-hour instructional workshop for behavioral health professionals serving those diagnosed with autism and related disabilities will provide learners with information on feeding disorders and related issues in individuals with autism with a focus on contributing behavioral, medical, oral motor sensory, nutritional and other factors that must be considered in tandem. The presenters, a Clinical Psychologist, a Dietitian, and a Nurse Practitioner, each with extensive experience working on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams, will go over the types of feeding problems in autism, identify the various professionals that may be included on a feeding team, and describe the role of each of those members. Case studies will illustrate the critical importance of an interdisciplinary team in the assessment and treatment of feeding disorders.


This workshop is intended for psychologists, behavior analysts, speech and language pathologists, nurses, care coordinators (social workers and counselors), other behavioral health and medical practitioners, and family members.

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.


After attending this event participants should be able to:

1) Distinguish between types of feeding problems and identify indicators of a feeding disorder in children diagnosed with ASD.
2) Identify impact of feeding problems in children with ASD
3) Differentiate between provider roles in assessing and treating feeding problem


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.

Skye graduated from Emory University School of Nursing with her Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Science in nursing, with a population focus of pediatric primary care. She received an Excellence in Collaboration award and was asked by Emory School of Nursing to serve as the class speaker and give the welcome speech at the Emory School of Nursing Commencement Ceremony in spring 2016.

Skye currently works at a Pediatric Urgent Care serving the community she resides in near Athens, GA. Skye more recently worked in the Feeding Program at Marcus Autism Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she conducted comprehensive medical evaluations on new patients and continuous assessments as indicated for established patients in the Feeding Program. She provided medical oversight and recommendations for patients in the program, served in her PNP role in ongoing research studies, and collaborated with other disciplines and medical specialists during her time in the program.

She worked in a Federally Qualified Health Center in rural Georgia for two years as a new graduate, where she gained invaluable experience. Embracing the holistic model of nursing practice, she provided services to low-income, low-socioeconomic status, high-risk patients and families using preventive primary care healthcare services. In this experience, she realized the need for pediatric mental healthcare providers and sought more education, which led her to obtain a board certification as a pediatric mental health specialist. She also attended training on implementing dialectical behavioral therapy in the primary care setting.

Skye also served her local community as an emergency medical technician (EMT) at the intermediate level for six years. She worked part time for emergency medical services (EMS), while completing her Bachelor of Science in psychology at the University of Georgia.. During this time, she took an interest in neuropsychology and studied biochemistry, where she presented her research in toxicology at the Centers for Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Skye enjoys reading, learning, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and their children, riding bikes, visiting her home town and grandparents in Savannah, Ga., and fishing. She values evidence-based research and the holistic model for providing healthcare.


The presenters do not have any financial disclosures to make regarding books, materials, organizations mentioned in this talk. They receive speaker fees for presenting in this series.


  • 0.2 IACET CEUs:  (Who recognizes IACET Accreditation)
  • 2 BACB CEUs (Learning)
  • 2 APA Credit Hours for psychologists and non-psychologists* CONTENT AREA LEVEL: Introductory
  • 2 NBCC Credit Hours (Practice Issues)
  • 2 QABA LUs (Learning Units)
  • Speech and Language Pathologists: This event has been reviewed by the ABAC Internal Continuing Education Committee SLP Content Expert and is recommended for SLPs
    • 0.2 IACET CEUs = 2 PDHs for SLPs
  • 0.2 AOTA Credit Hours Course Approval ID# 02614    * (Includes Anticipated Quiz Time)

    The Applied Behavior Analysis Center is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02614. This distance learning-independent event is offered at 0.2 CEUs [Introductory Level | Professional Issues]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


*ASWB credit hours not offered for this Live Event. Some Social Workers may use APA credit hours for continuing education. Please check with your licensing board. 


  • 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.

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


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 this event, 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 2-hour event.


12:00 pm: Introduction: Welcome, Requirements to earn continuing education, Presenter Bio
12:05 pm: Webinar begins
1:45 pm: Q&A opportunity
2:00 pm: CE requirements, evaluation, check out, certificate of completion


  • 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.