Randomized controlled trial of an applied behavior analytic intervention for food selectivity in children with autism spectrum disorder

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Abstract

Food selectivity is a common problem for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD; Schreck, Williams, & Smith, 2004). Behavior-analytic interventions have the most empirical support for feeding disorders (Sharp, Jaquess, Morton, & Miles, 2011). However, there are no randomized controlled trials that have evaluated its effects with a well-defined cohort of children with ASD. In the current investigation, we randomly assigned 6 young children with ASD and food selectivity to either an applied behavior analytic intervention or a wait-list control. We used a crossover randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effects of a multicomponent applied behavior analytic intervention on independent acceptance and mouth clean of 16 novel foods. We subsequently exposed the wait-list control group to the intervention. We also evaluated the effects of the intervention on individual participants with single-case designs. The percentage of independent acceptance and mouth clean increased for the applied behavior analytic intervention group, but not for the wait-list control group until we implemented the intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)895-917
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

Keywords

  • applied behavior analysis
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • escape extinction
  • food selectivity
  • randomized controlled trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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