Feeding disorders are a widespread concern in children, particularly among youngsters who have developmental disabilities. The use of behavioral methodologies to address pediatric feeding issues has become more common. However, treatment remains clinically focused and is typically conducted by therapists. Empirically supported research, however, indicates that treating children with feeding disorders in home and school settings, with parents and school staff involved as therapists, while less common, is being used successfully by frontline.
Taking a naturalistic approach to treatment is the focus of an upcoming event sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services.
Sean Casey, Ph.D., BCBA, a nationally recognized expert in the field of pediatric feeding disorders, will be presenting a program entitled Behavior Assessment and Treatment of Feeding Disorders: A Primer, on Thursday, March 21 from 6 – 8 p.m.
The lecture takes place at Jubilee Auditorium on Seton Hall's South Orange Campus. The event is part of the ABA Speaker Series, hosted by the Applied Behavior Analysis Program within CEHS. Seton Hall students may attend the workshop for free. The program fee Seton Hall alumni and non-Seton Hall students is $20 and $40 for professionals.
This is an intermediate level event providing continuing education hours for board certified behavior analysts (BACB), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA). Students, Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) and other professionals will benefit from attendance.
Learning objectives of the program include:
- The ability to identify and describe behavioral techniques for the assessment of pediatric feeding disorders.
- The ability to identify and describe function-based, behavioral techniques for the treatment of pediatric feeding disorders.
- The audience will learn how to collect data to guide feeding treatments
About Sean Casey
Sean Casey has worked in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) since 1991 and has specifically focused in assessment and treatment of challenging behavior and feeding concerns. He is the Chief Clinician and Clinical Director of Heartland Feeding, which uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to formulate individualized, home-based treatments. He has worked with children in families in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home settings, schools, early intervention centers, and residential programs and school settings. Casey received his original training in ABA at Children's Seashore House in Philadelphia from 1991-1995. As a graduate student he trained at the University of Iowa from 1995-2000 under David Wacker, Ph.D., and received his initial training in feeding disorders from 1997-1999 under Linda Cooper-Brown. Since then, Casey has worked in several ABA based residential programs to educate and treat children who display a variety of intensive behavior problems. Casey has also held faculty positions at Penn State University, Temple University, Arcadia University, Holy Family College, Rowan University in New Jersey, and the University of Iowa and Drake University.