Building Positive Mealtime Experiences in the Classroom and Beyond

Mealtimes are often described as challenging in early learning settings. Within this presentation, participants will learn about gathering information about mealtimes, setting up the environment for success, and mealtime support strategies. Participants will leave with concrete strategies to implement in their own settings. 

1. Understand a need for a tiered approach to mealtime support
2. Gather information to develop mealtime goals 
3. Apply support strategies in early learning settings

Includes 1.5 BCBA CEUs

Audience: Early Learning Providers

Meet the instructor:

Dr. Yev Veverka is a proud graduate of the University of Washington's doctoral program in Special Education (2018). She is serving as the Interim Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of Washington for the 2022-2023 school year. Her research interests are in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders, parent and caregiver coaching, mealtime supports and intervention, and the reform of the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. 

With the Haring Center's FEAST (Feeding, Eating, and Supporting Together) team, Dr. Veverka has developed a tiered approach to mealtime support for early learning settings. The FEAST team has been manualizing, researching, and disseminating their approach to use in early learning settings across the nation. 

Dr. Veverka is passionate about the reform of the field of Applied Behavior Analysis to promote equity of service delivery and compassionate care. She strives to disseminate ABA in a way to make it accessible and leads to improvements in the quality of life for consumers of the science. 

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