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Improving Family Mealtimes, One Bite at A Time

Posted November 26, 2021

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Friday, November 26
9:30 am - 2:45 pm

  • ACT - Autism Community Training
  • 604-205-5467
  • 100 - $175

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

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?”

Visit the Event Registration page for full speaker bios, schedule and more.

Bursaries are available. If you self-identify as Indigenous, or work for an Indigenous organization, apply to our Bursary Program for the Indigenous Community. Learn more.

Improving Family Mealtimes, One Bite at A Time

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