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Avoidant / Restricted Eating
Sat 25 March 2017, 10:00 – 15:30 GMT
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This one-day course will focus on understanding and managing feeding and eating in autistic individuals. The first half of the workshop will discuss how eating issues in autism relate to the characteristics of the condition itself. The second half will concentrate on evidence and practice-based strategies for intervention. The workshop will take an interactive approach with opportunity for experiential based learning and discussion.
This workshop offers parents / professionals:
- Increased understanding of the causes of feeding and eating issues in autism.
- Increased awareness of the impact of typical and atypical development on the acquisition of the skills for successful feeding.
- Increased knowledge of specific issues facing individuals on the spectrum with
- Increased confidence in the application of management and intervention strategies.
- Opportunity to share experiences and strategies with other participants.
The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Shea, a Clinical Psychologist with experience in all aspects of child and family work, in particular working with children and young people with ASD in both health and education settings. She has developed a long-standing interest in the eating and feeding problems of children on the spectrum. She has conducted research into the problem, provided clinical services to families, has appeared on an ITV television documentary demonstrating interventions and has made a series of films about eating for Scottish Autism. She speaks nationally on this subject including for the National Autistic Society’s professional conferences and continuing professional development programme.
Currently in independent practice she continues to specialize in children with avoidant and restrictive diets. With colleagues she runs Birmingham Food Refusal Services, an assessment and therapy service for children, young people and adults who refuse foods.