Food Selectivity in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 3020, 5180, 5200, 6010; Level 2
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.3.1, 8.4.2, 12.2.1, 12.4.3
This continuing education course reviews current literature on the connection between autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and feeding disorders, focusing specifically on food selectivity and its impact on nutrition status, the role of RDs, resources available, and strategies to help treat food selectivity in individuals with ASD.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
- Identify and define the primary feeding problem observed in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
- Explain how problem feeding differs from picky eating and how sensory issues factor into food selectivity.
- Identify two types of health care professionals other than the pediatrician with whom they should collaborate with when treating feeding issues in individuals on the autism spectrum.
- Describe the challenges found in current literature on feeding disorders in children with ASD.
- Explain the dietitian’s role in treating food selectivity.
- Identify two models for behavioral intervention in those with ASD and feeding problems.
Amy Gardner, MS, RD, LDN, is owner of Metrowest Nutrition, LLC, a Massachusetts-based group nutrition practice and works at the Barrett Family Wellness Center, a pediatric occupational and speech therapy group focusing on autism spectrum disorders in Northborough, Massachusetts.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR