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Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism

June 12 at 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT


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About This Webinar:

Many families of young children with autism and related disorders face challenges related to diet, nutrition, and food selectivity. This webinar addresses common concerns of families surrounding dietary preferences and limitations often seen in young children with autism. The presenters will highlight the effects of food preferences, aversions, and special diets on child and family outcomes. They will also discuss ways professionals and families can encourage young children with autism to broaden their diet and provide strategies for ensuring quality nutrition in young children with autism and related disorders.


Dr. Jamie Pearson, a former ABA therapist and autism program consultant, is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University. Dr. Pearson earned her PhD in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she developed FACES, a parent advocacy program designed to support African American families of children with autism. Her areas of focus include: (a) investigating disparities in the diagnosis of autism and access to services for minority families, (b) assessing the impact of parent-advocacy and empowerment training on family dynamics and child outcomes, (c) implementing classroom-based interventions that promote effective learning and engagement for underrepresented children with autism; and (d) building positive partnerships between educators and parents of children with disabilities.

Dr. Hedda Meadan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois, a Goldstick Family Scholar, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Meadan’s areas of interest include social-communication skills and challenging behavior of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and intervention methods to enhance these spheres of functioning.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

  • This FD Early Intervention webinar offers CE credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois for providers in Illinois. To learn more about EITP, go to https://eitp.education.illinois.edu/
  • Attention BCBAs:
    • One and a half (1.5) BACB CE credits are available for attending the LIVE webinar event only.
    • Please arrive on time to ensure your attendance is noted for the duration of the webinar.
    • Those attending the live event for BACB CE credits must log in individually.  Group logins are not permitted for those seeking BACB CE credits.
  • The following states have agreed to recognize the CE credits we offer: Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, KansasNorth Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and service coordinators in Washington.
  • Providers in Connecticut can receive contact hours applicable towards their certification or licensing renewal requirements from this webinar.
  • Michigan will offer 1.5 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for this webinar.
  • This webinar provides annual professional development hours for providers enrolled in the West Virginia Birth to Three program.
  • Professionals in Wyoming can receive PTSB credit for this four-part webinar series in its entirety.  Individuals must complete each webinar and post-test to receive any PTSB credit.  No partial credit will be awarded.
  • We continue to seek additional recognition from other states.  Please check back frequently for updates.

Supporting Children with Autism Through Their Day | Series

This four-part webinar series will focus on supporting young children with autism and their families. Throughout the series, our highly respected presenters will take us through important steps in the lives of families of children with autism and related disorders.

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2 Replies to “Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism”

  1. I’m interested in attending this Selective Eating in Autism seminar. Are there only a limited number of spaces? If so, when do you suggest registration on 5/1/19?

    Thanks for your help with this!

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