Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Workshop #W49
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Overcoming the Challenges of Feeding: Community-Based Assessment and Treatment Application
Saturday, May 23, 2015
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
210A (CC)
Area: CSE/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mark J. Palmieri, Psy.D.
MARK J. PALMIERI (The Center for Children with Special Needs), Shaunessy M. Egan (The Center for Children with Special Needs), Kristen Powers (The Center for Children with Special Needs)
Description: Feeding issues affect many individuals with complex disabilities and can quickly lead to substantial food restrictions, maladaptive rituals, and related behavioral challenges, such as tantrums and aggression. These restrictions create strife for the individual, the family system, and for community service providers. Functionally addressing feeding challenges is an on-going difficulty, particularly as this relates to skill mastery, stability, and generalization. In order to provide access to evidence-based interventions, it is essential that providers understand the underlying developmental challenges, how to assess issues such as maladaptive behavior and motor dysfluency, and how to then select functionally matched treatments. Community-based interventions require clinicians to be able to both implement sophisticated therapies and provide training to caregivers and school personnel on their generalization, in effect making training an equally essential component of intervention effectiveness as is direct intervention. This constellation of services then allows for socially valid and effective treatment. This workshop will address outpatient models for the assessment and treatment of feeding disorders with an emphasis on caregiver training and collaboration supporting all stages of treatment.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants shouldbe able to: (1) describe the procedures necessary for function-based assessment feeding challenges and replacement behaviors; (2) understand the steps needed to develop a treatment plan using assessment data; (3) develop data collection and analysis procedures for both in-session treatment and caregiver or teacher practice targets; (4) develop a rubric for guiding caregiver training and tracking all feeding targets through generalization.
Activities: A didactic presentation on the elements of community-based feeding interventions will be followed with hands-on collaborative practice on hierarchical food presentation and data collection.
Audience: Clinicians who are interested in applying evidence-based interventions for feeding challenges. It is not appropriate for undergraduate students and parents.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Caregiver Training, Community-Based Interventions, Feeding Challenges, Integrated Treatment



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