Improving Family Mealtimes, One Bite at A Time

Registration for this event is now closed.

Free event

November 26, 2021

9:30 2:45 p.m. Pacific Time

Web Streaming Only

Presented by Lauren Binnendyk, PhD, BCBA-D & Chantal Juilfs, M.Ed. BCBA

This workshop is designed for parents struggling to add more variety into their child’s diet.


Available Options

No products in the cart.

Event Details

Watch from anywhere in the world with live web streaming

About the Event

Many children and adolescents with autism and other neurodiverse conditions present significant concerns to carers who are trying to ensure proper levels of nutrition. The presentation will begin with a discussion of selective eating and the factors that can affect a child’s eating. Dr. Binnendyk will then discuss how food preferences develop and the importance of children tasting a wide range of foods.  

The presenters will provide step by step strategies for expanding a child’s diet. These will include ways to increase the likelihood your child will take a bite as well as how to respond when your child is refusing.  Discussion will include how interventions can be modified to fit each family’s mealtime routine.   

The presentation will include answers to questions commonly asked by parents during therapy, including:  

  • “What if I’ve tried rewards but my child still won’t take a bite?”
  • “Will my child always rely on rewards to eat new healthy foods?”
  • “What if it never gets easier to feed my child?”
  • “When do I honour my child’s dislike for a new food?”
  • “What if my child is sensitive to textures?”

Attention BCBAs: The BC Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA) has 4.0 CEUs available for purchase for those attending this workshop. Visit the BC-ABA website to purchase your credits before November 22. All questions regarding CEUs should be directed to

About the Presenters

Lauren Binnendyk, PhD, BCBA-D

Lauren Binnendyk has a PhD in Special Education (concentration in autism and related disabilities) and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and has worked with children with developmental disabilities since 1997. Dr. Binnendyk is the Clinical Director at West Coast Feeding and Behaviour Specialists which she opened in 2010 to provide families with evidenced-based, family centred treatment of severe feeding disorders. Her practice has expanded to include a range of feeding concerns including, picky eating, bottle or milk dependence, chewing issues, and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).

Chantal Juilfs, M.Ed. BCBA, Behavior Analyst Consultant

Chantal received her Master’s degree in Special Education (concentration in developmental disabilities) from the University of British Columbia in 2017 and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. In 2013, Chantal began specializing in feeding disorders under the supervision of Dr. Binnendyk at West Coast Feeding and Behaviour Specialists. Chantal has focussed her practice on working with individuals diagnosed with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, food selectivity, food refusal, and oral motor delays. Chantal understands the underlying fear involved with trying new foods for most of the individuals she works with and uses evidenced-based strategies to help them work through their fears to reach their goals.


  Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends September 27, 2021 $90 $150
Regular Rate ends November 15, 2021 $100 $175
Late Rate begins November 16, 2021* $125 $200

*Deadline to register is November 22 at 11:59pm Pacific Time


Please note the bursary application deadline for this workshop has now passed. The online application closed November 15 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

ACT provides bursary funds from our own resources and through support from private donors. Anyone attending an ACT event is eligible if the cost is a barrier for attending the event. Priority is given to B.C. residents, autistic adults and to parents and participants who are low income. ACT has also introduced a Bursary Program for the Indigenous Community. Bursaries are provided as reduced event registration fees. Donate to our bursary fund.

Autism Funding

If you wish to use your child’s Autism Funding to pay for your registration, ACT can invoice the Autism Funding Branch directly. For information on how to register with your Autism Funding, visit Workshop Registration Using Autism Funding.


Registration closes Monday, November 22 at 11:59pm Pacific time. You can also register by calling us.

Level Introductory

For Parents and Caregivers, Community Professionals

Approach Positive Behavior Support

Autism-Specific? No

Event Schedule

All times are Pacific Time Zone.
9:30 am - 10:30 am Session 1
10:30 pm - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 11:45 am Session 2
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Session 3
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Session 4

ACT Events

Payment Details