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autism, video modeling, feeding disorders, selective feeding

Major Advisor

Dr. Thomas J. Kehle

Associate Advisor

Dr. Stephen Greenspan

Associate Advisor

Dr. Rachelle Perusse

Field of Study

Educational Psychology


Doctor of Philosophy

Open Access

Open Access


Children with autism spectrum disorder have a higher incident of feeding problems as compared with typical children and children with other developmental delays, with the feeding problems more often identified as learned or behavioral. Research into the effectiveness of antecedent- and consequence-based behavioral strategies continue to grow, with most research conducted within clinical settings. As educators we strive for less restrictive and empirically validated interventions within more naturalistic settings. Despite the growing body of research as to the effectiveness of video modeling to affect change across a number of areas, research using video modeling is sparse with respect to food acceptance in children with autism spectrum disorder. The current study investigated the effectiveness of video self-modeling in promoting food acceptance in children with autism spectrum disorder in a school setting. A multiple baseline design across 3 children was employed to determine treatment effects. While data did not show a discernable intervention effect, findings highlight the need for continued research into the potential influences of family eating preferences, the impact of the characteristics of autism on early feeding experiences, such as, deficits in communication, inflexibility and rigidity, and motivation, on the development of learning histories. Further recommendations are made for earlier intervention to include parent training and support using a multi-disciplinary team approach.