B3-C: A Eeinforcement-based Treatment Package to Address Picky Eating

Selective eating or “picky eating” is often described as a reluctance to try new foods based on some dimension of the food. Children diagnosed with autism frequently exhibit these types of selective eating behaviors. Rigidity or adherence to sameness is a defining feature of autism that may extend to feeding and lead to habits that are difficult for parents to break. These feeding difficulties may cause significant parent stress and could potential lead to more severe mealtimes behaviors in the future. The treatment package presented has demonstrated success in increasing food acceptance without the use of escape extinction.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the features of picky eating.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the steps in the Picky Eating manual.
  3. Participants will be able to implement the Picky Eating program steps to increase food acceptance.
Behavior Early Childhood Family Health & Wellness


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