Strategies for a Successful Mealtime
A Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Disabilities Who Have Eating Difficulties
A feeding disorder is a sensory-motor disorder, and up to 1/3 of individuals with ASD have an eating disorder! As such, it 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 thirty 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 16. 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 and Strategies for a Successful Mealtime: A Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Difficulties Who Have Eating Difficulties. Ms. Flanagan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and through her website at www.maureenflanaganspeech.com.