Treating Food Selectivity Without Tears (7 CEUs)

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  1. The video contained within this course is protected by copyright. Downloading or making copies of the videos is prohibited.
  2. The purchase of this course is for a single user. Sharing login credentials with other people is prohibited. Broadcasting the course to a group is also prohibited.
  3. You will have access to the course for 30 days from the date and time of purchase.
  4. If you need more time to complete the course, an extension link will appear upon expiration under the course title in the “My Profile” page. Extensions are provided in 14-day increments for $25.


Food selectivity is common among children with and without disabilities and can be highly stressful for families. It is, however, amenable to treatment, and this treatment need not rely on intrusive procedures. In this course, attendees will learn about an assessment and treatment process that focuses on empowering the child in mealtime situations and then shaping progressively braver food-related choices, using synthesized reinforcers, emphasizing client choice, and without the use of escape extinction. This approach has been demonstrated to increase the variety of foods consumed without evoking problem behavior or routinely eliciting negative emotional responding (Gover et al., 2023). Modifications for specific client needs and considerations for performance-based decision-making will be discussed.

Note: This assessment and treatment process is suitable for clients who have been medically cleared to receive behavioral intervention for food selectivity (i.e., there are no identifiable medical explanations for eating problems) and who are able to chew and swallow table-texture foods.


An attendee will be able to…

  1. Describe a safe and comprehensive behavioral assessment process for understanding variables influencing selective eating and mealtime problem behavior.
  2. An attendee will be able to articulate why reliance on escape extinction may not be in line with the values of Today’s ABA.
  3. Describe the three phases of the treatment process: Bite-shaping, meal-building, and extension to parents/caregivers.
  4. Describe the core components of treatment: Shaping using synthesized reinforcers, with embedded choice-making opportunities and prompting, and without the use of escape extinction.
  5. Describe ways in which choices may be offered to clients with differing skill sets, such as those with limited choice-making and/or verbal repertoires.
  6. Describe the types of prompts to be considered, including conditions under which physical prompting should and should not be used.
  7. Describe problem-solving tactics to consider when progress slows or stalls.


  1. This course is divided into 14 chapters.
  2. Each chapter presents a video.
  3. If you close your browser before finishing a video, your place in the video will not be saved. Therefore, we recommend that you jot down the timestamp before closing your browser so you can quickly find the spot at which you left off when you return.
  4. After each video there will be a short quiz.
  5. Many of the quiz questions are in the style of “multiple selection.” That is, there will often be more than one correct answer.
  6. Be sure to check your spelling when composing constructed answers.
  7. 100% correct responding is required before moving to the next chapter.
  8. When all quizzes are successfully completed, you will be asked to complete a feedback survey. At the end of the survey, there will be a certificate code. It is important to copy this code so that it may be used to access your certificate.
  9. After entering your certificate code, you will be presented with a certificate worth 7 BACB learning-type CEUs (6 General, 1 Ethics, and 0 Supervision).
  10. Be sure to check out the “Download Materials” section before the first chapter. It is full of helpful resources for learning and implementing the process.

Chapter Durations and Number of Questions:

Chapter Number Video Time Number of Quiz Questions
1 17:50 3
2 16:50 4
3 42:10 3
4 15:06 4
5 20:09 4
6 24:57 3
7 27:24 4
8 17:43 3
9 16:54 3
10 17:00 2
11 12:03 1
12 20:31 3
13 32:46 3
14 30:49 0

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