The prevalence of food selectivity (FS) in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is high. The etiology of FS is multifactorial and cannot be assumed simply based on the ASD diagnosis. Negative health consequences of FS include nutritional deficiencies, parental stress, social isolation, and stressful parent child relationship. There is limited access to multidisciplinary feeding assessment and intervention programs to address FS in ASD. Our multidisciplinary team created the medical-nutrition-oral motor-behaviouralsensory-environment (MOBSE )© framework to guide our assessment of FS in ASD. A feasibility study was completed to explore whether a multidisciplinary assessment guided by MOBSE paired with virtual intervention (telefeeding) was feasible in assessing and treating factors that contribute to FS in preschoolers with ASD.
Rebecca Perlin, MClSC, SLP(C), reg CASLPO
Rebecca Perlin is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Feeding and Swallowing Clinic, the Cleft Lip and Palate Craniofacial Program, the Neuromuscular Team and Spina Bifida/Spinal Cord Team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto Canada. She has presented to clinicians and families on topics relating to Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing and the importance of a team-based approach to assessment and management. She is one of the co-authors of the online handbook Optimizing Feeding and Swallowing in Children with Physical and Developmental Disabilities: A Practical Guide for Clinicians. Rebecca is a Lecturer (Status Appointment) in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.
Sharon Smile, Msc, MBBS, DM (Paeds)
Dr. Sharon Smile is a Developmental Paediatrician at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto Canada and a Clinical Study Investigator in the Bloorview Research Institute. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Her research interests includes identifying new treatment models of care to address feeding difficulties in autistic children and youth with a goal to enhancing clinical care.
Christie Raffaele, MSc (OT), OT Reg (Ont)
Christie Raffaele, MSc(OT), OT Reg. (Ont.), is the Occupational Therapist in the Feeding and Swallowing Clinic at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto Canada, as well as in the Infancy & Early Childhood Program at Surrey Place Centre. Christie is involved with research focusing on feeding challenges in children on the autism spectrum and she is one of the co-authors of the online handbook Optimizing Feeding and Swallowing in Children with Physical and Developmental Disabilities: A Practical Guide for Clinicians.