Strategies for a Successful Mealtime
Up to 1/3 of individuals with ASD have an eating disorder!
A feeding disorder is a sensory-motor disorder and should be treated accordingly. This involves analyzing the child's oral movement patterns as well as his ability to register and regulate sensory information. Strategies for a Successful Mealtime A Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Disabilities Who Have Eating Difficulties provides a structured oral movement and feeding program that will help children work through aversion to food textures, limited diet, and difficulty accepting food utensils. Parents, caretakers, and teachers are important participants in the child's treatment program.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Maureen A. Flanagan, MA, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist. Over the past 30+years, she has worked in home-based infant programs, special education centers, as well as public and private schools with children with a variety of disabilities and handicapping conditions. Presently, Maureen runs a private practice in Rockville and Harwood, Maryland, providing speech-language services to children from birth to age 15. She has worked extensively with children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder within the classroom setting, group sessions, and individual sessions. Maureen is the author of Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Oral-Motor Program for Home and School aMs. Flanagan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and through her website at www.maureenflanaganspeech.com.