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Assessment and Treatment of Children Diagnosed with Pediatric Feeding Disorders and Autism

Presenter: Dr. Cathleen C. Piazza

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BACB Continuing Education Units
This course issues 3.0 units Type II BACB® CE Credit with no additional cost.

Course description
Children diagnosed with autism often display behavior problems, and feeding disorders are a common behavior problem exhibited by children with autism. The feeding problems of children with autism can cause more family stress than the primary symptoms of autism because the consequences of feeding problems are often more immediate and salient. Feeding problems are caused by a wide range of interrelated biological (e.g., vomiting related to gastroesophageal reflux, choking due to oral motor deficits) and environmental variables (e.g., caregiver behavior). Often, the challenge in effectively treating feeding disorders arises from the difficulty in sorting out the contribution of the variables (i.e., medical, oral motor, behavioral) that may contribute to the problem. The purpose of the current presentations will be to discuss methods of evaluating how we can define and measure specific behaviors to quantify the variables related to the etiology of a feeding disorder. A second purpose will be to review how clinicians and caregivers can use this data-based approach to prescribe and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment.

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify a feeding disorder.
  2. Participants will be able to name the interdisciplinary professionals who should participate in the assessment of a feeding disorder.
  3. Participants will be able to recognize at least one method to measure observable behavior.
  4. Participants will become familiar with methods for treating feeding disorders.

Participants will meet the objectives listed above through a combination of: video presentation and quiz.

This online course will be offered year-round, and you can enroll anytime.

Once you are enrolled in the course, you will have access to your account for 30 days. To attain your certificate you MUST complete all course requirements within this time.


Cost: $99.00CAD
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Speaker Biography
Cathleen PiazzaDr. Cathleen C. Piazza is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha She previously directed similar programs at the Marcus Institute in Atlanta and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Piazza and her colleagues have examined various aspects of feeding behavior and have developed a series of interventions to address one of the most common health problems in children. Her research in this area has been among the most systematic in the field and has firmly established behavioral approaches as preferred methods for assessment and treatment. In her roles as clinical, research, and training director, Dr. Piazza has mentored many interns and fellows who have gone on to make significant contributions to the field. Dr. Piazza is a former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Target Audience
Behaviour Analysts, Educators, Pediatric Professionals and Autism Professionals

Completion Policy
All course materials must be viewed electronically through unless otherwise instructed. If you are a BCBA and would like to receive credit for this course, you must achieve a grade of 80% (4/5) on the quiz. You have unlimited attempts to complete the quiz. Non-BCBAs who would like to receive a Certificate of Participation must also achieve 80% (4/5) on the quiz.

Enrolment Policy
Once participants enroll themselves in the course they are granted access to all of the course materials for 30 days. You have 30 days to complete this course. You need to complete all of the graded course elements including the quiz within those 30 days. After 30 days you will automatically be un-enrolled from the course.

Refund Policy
Refunds will be honoured within 7 days of purchase, as long as the enrolment key is not used, and the course is not begun. Beyond the 7 day period, refunds will no longer be processed, even if the enrolment key is not used.

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