7090 Samuel Morse Drive Suite 100 Columbia, MD 21046
School: West Chester University
Year Graduated: 2011
License: Maryland / LBA155
For many parents, mealtime can be frustrating, especially if challenging behavior goes beyond ‘typical pickiness.’ As the director of Healthy Beginnings, a behavioral feeding therapy program, I have helped children that have displayed a variety of challenging mealtimes behaviors. This includes selectivity by food, color, brand, and texture, as well as children who may vomit at the sight of a new food, or perhaps refuse to feed themselves with utensils. Feeding tube dependency is another area in which I have taught children how to eat and drink who perhaps have had minimal or no experience with oral feeding. Many children who engage in challenging behavior at mealtime require a behavioral approach in order to develop appropriate mealtime behaviors. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidenced-based practice, meaning that strategies employed in therapy are supported by peer-reviewed research and proven to be effective. Our program success rate is high, with 96% goal achievement among a sample of 26 children, including children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, that had completed the intensive therapy program. Therefore, we hope to meet you and your child in order to help turn mealtime into a positive experience for the whole family.