Understanding and supporting autistic children

This one day course will focus on understanding and supporting autistic children with eating challenges.

Feeding and eating problems are common in autistic people. Difficulties such as only eating a very few foods, not being able to eat at school, going long periods of time without eating or over eating and Pica (eating non-foods) can be difficult to understand and manage with parents and carers reporting feelings of anxiety, frustration and blame.

This course is written and presented by professionals from Birmingham Food Refusal Services who provide clinical and training services for food refusal. The presenters have several decades of combined experience in the clinical and academic fields of childhood feeding disorders and in autism services.

Course content

Using knowledge from academic and clinical fields of typical feeding development and childhood feeding disorders this one day workshop will examine and explain the common patterns of eating in autism. It will address a range of difference across the spectrum including specific issues relating to females.

Taking a developmental approach and using the new diagnosis of ‘Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder’ (DSM IV, 2013) the first half of the workshop will discuss how eating issues in autism relate to the characteristics of the condition itself.

The second half will concentrate on evidence and practice-based strategies for intervention. The workshop will take an interactive approach with opportunity for experiential based learning and discussion of participant’s own case or family examples.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone who works with an autistic child who is having difficulties with food. To get the most out of this training course, it is advisable to have a prior understanding of autism.

Although the course will focus on children and young people, the information is also relevant to adults as the developmental characteristics that cause the eating patterns in autism can persist into adulthood.

Why attend?

  • Gain increased understanding of the causes of feeding and eating issues for autistic people
  • Increase your awareness of the impact of typical and atypical development on the acquisition of the skills for successful feeding
  • Develop knowledge of specific issues facing autistic individuals with food
  • Increase your confidence in the application of management and intervention strategies
  • Opportunity to share experiences and strategies with colleagues/other participants.

Scheduled events

Date Booking
24 July 2018  Birmingham - Book now 
3 October 2018 London - Book now

Cost

Individuals attending scheduled training event: £185 + VAT

Training is inclusive of:

  • training materials and information provided for each delegate
  • signposting to relevant literature and resources.

Bookings

To make an enquiry please call 0141 285 7117 and choose option 1 then option 1 again or email training.enquiries@nas.org.uk.

To book or to amend a booking please call 0141 285 7117 and choose option 2 then option 1 or email training.bookings@nas.org.uk.

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