“You Still Have to Try It!”: Helping Picky Eaters in Classroom Groups

Stephanny F.N. Freeman, Kristen Hayashida, Tanya Paparella, Gazi Azad, Cyndi D. Flowers, Allease Glamore

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Many teachers struggle with implementing self-help eating goals for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). No group programs exist to target this important problem. We used findings from applied behavior analysis research and adapted single-subject interventions into a group-based eating program. In describing the program using two vignettes, children in two preschool special education classrooms are introduced to a character called “Esther the Eater” and then taught to expand their eating choices. The program is designed to be routine, fun, and classroom-friendly to help children with ASD try new foods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-153
Number of pages12
JournalBeyond Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019


  • applied behavior analysis
  • behavioral
  • early childhood
  • interventions
  • preschool
  • school/classroom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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