Event Detail

Eating Issues in Autistic Children

22 September 2018
09:30 15:30
Serious Stuff


This one-day course will focus on understanding and managing feeding and eating in autistic individuals where there is often avoidance of foods or  a restricted diet.

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.
 This workshop offers parents / professionals:

  • Increased understanding of the causes of feeding and eating issues in autism.
  • Increased awareness of the impact of typical and atypical development on the acquisition of the skills for successful feeding.
  • Increased knowledge of specific issues facing individuals on the spectrum with
  • food.
  • Increased confidence in the application of management and intervention strategies.
  • Opportunity to share experiences and strategies with other participants.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Elizabeth Shea, a Clinical Psychologist with experience in all aspects of child and family work, in particular working with autistic children and young people in both health and education settings.  She has developed a long-standing interest in the eating and feeding problems of autistic children. She has conducted research into the issue, provided clinical services to families, has appeared on an ITV television documentary demonstrating interventions and has made a series of films about eating for Scottish Autism. She speaks nationally on this subject including for the National Autistic Society’s professional conferences and continuing professional development programme.

Currently, in independent practice, she continues to specialise in children with avoidant and restrictive diets. With colleagues, she runs Birmingham Food Refusal Services, an assessment and therapy service for children, young people and adults who refuse foods. 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Ticket Price: £40 for Members / £50 for Non-Members

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Centre for ADHD & Autism Support 

Our "Empowering Ourselves to Be Heard" Project is central to the philosophy of what we believe in at CAAS. To truly understand autism we need to listen to the voices of autistic people. We aim to support and empower autistic individuals and those around them.