Improving Family Mealtimes, One Bite at A Time

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Free event

June 3, 2021

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

Web Streaming Only

Presented by Lauren Binnendyk, PhD, BCBA-D

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


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Event Details

Watch from anywhere in the world with live web streaming

About the Event

The presentation will begin with a discussion on selective eating and 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.  

Using video examples, Lauren will provide step by step strategies for expanding a child’s diet. Strategies  include ways to increase the likelihood your child will take a bite as well as how to respond when your child is refusing.  

She will then discuss how interventions can be modified to fit each family’s mealtime routine.   

Lauren will conclude the presentation by answering questions commonly asked by parents during therapy. Examples of questions include: 

  • “What if I’ve tried rewards but my child still won’t take a bite?”
  • “What if my child is now dependent on the iPad for meals?”
  • “What if it never gets easier to feed my child?

Attention BCBA’s: The BC Association for Behaviour Analysis [BC ABA] is providing 4.5 CEUs for those attending this workshop. Visit the BC-ABA website to purchase your CEUs before June 2nd. For more information, including how to register and purchase CEUs, and the process for signing in and out, please visit All questions regarding CEUs should be directed to

About the Presenter

Lauren Binnendyk, PhD, BCBA-D

Lauren is Clinical Director at West Coast Feeding and Behaviour Specialists. She has her PhD in Special Education (concentration in autism and related disabilities) and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Binnendykh has worked with children with developmental disabilities since 1997.  Lauren opened her clinic in 2010 to provide families with evidenced-based, family centred treatment of severe feeding disorders as she recognized that this is a major issue for families. 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].


This free event has been made possible with support from the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders [POPARD] and our generous individual donors - as little as $10 a month is a great help. Donate so ACT can continue free events for all.


Registration closes Monday, May 31st at 4pm Pacific time. You can also register by calling us.

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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