A wide range of feeding problems are common in children with autism spectrum disorders but perhaps the most common is eating a restricted variety of table foods. Specific behavioral strategies to introduce new foods and increase the amount of each new food are discussed in detail. Signs of oral-motor skills deficits that may block treatment progress are also reviewed.
About the Speaker
Amy Kathryn Drayton, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Dr. Drayton earned her Ph.D. from Eastern Michigan University and her primary areas of interest include the comparative effectiveness of feeding interventions and cost effectiveness of behavioral treatments. She also conducts research on the treatment of disruptive behavior in children, specifically parent management training and time out.