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Did you miss this webinar Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism? 

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Jamie Pearson, PhD

2019 EI Webinar Series Presenter

Dr. Jamie Pearson, a former ABA therapist and autism program consultant, is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University. Dr. Pearson earned her PhD in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she developed FACES, a parent advocacy program designed to support African American families of children with autism. Her areas of focus include: (a) investigating disparities in the diagnosis of autism and access to services for minority families, (b) assessing the impact of parent-advocacy and empowerment training on family dynamics and child outcomes, (c) implementing classroom-based interventions that promote effective learning and engagement for underrepresented children with autism; and (d) building positive partnerships between educators and parents of children with disabilities.


Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky

Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky, PhD

2019 EI Webinar Series Presenter

Dr. Hedda Meadan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois, a Goldstick Family Scholar, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Meadan’s areas of interest include social-communication skills and challenging behavior of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and intervention methods to enhance these spheres of functioning.

The objectives for the June 12 session are below.

  1. Participants will describe the behavioral, physiological, and cultural factors that contribute to diet and eating preferences in children with autism and related disorders
  2. Participants will identify behavioral strategies for overcoming food aversions in children with autism and related disorders
  3. Participants will identify nutrient dense alternatives to foods that are non-preferred by children with autism and related disorders
  4. Participants will discuss family-centered, naturalistic teaching strategies to strengthen family mealtime experiences