Ethical Considerations of Behavioral Feeding Interventions

Course Overview

3 CEUs.

Purchase access to the questionnaire on this open access journal article. You will be required to read the article and answer multiple choice questions related to the article (you must get 70% and above to qualify for the 3 CEUs).  

Objectives of this course:

On completion of this CPD activity, the participant will be able to:
  • Describe common feeding difficulties in children with ASD and the long term effects of these for the child’s development and the family/caregiver.
  • List the roles the various professionals play in feeding interventions.
  • Define and briefly discuss some evidence for key treatment approaches for feeding difficulties.
  • Apply ethical principles in discerning their professional role in treatment of feeding difficulties within an MDT.
  • Identify and discuss arising ethical issues and bias in this article.




Tereshko L, Weiss MJ, Olive ML. Ethical Considerations of Behavioral Feeding Interventions. Behav Anal Pract. 2021 Mar 31;14(4):1157-1168. doi: 10.1007/s40617-021-00559-7. PMID: 34868819; PMCID: PMC8586383.


Summary of the article:

This article presents the behavioural approach to feeding and delineates the range of ethical responsibilities professionals have towards their clients through the process of offering and implementing treatment for a client and their family. The discussion presents a good structure for approaching ethical dilemmas, and guides implementation of ethical principles.

The article discusses the selecting of effective paths of treatment while minimizing negative side effects for the individual and family. Different treatment modalities for feeding problems are reviewed, including behavioural modification, sensory integration and SOS Approach to feeding. The article asks tough questions about the ethics of implementing treatment techniques without sufficient empirical support. There is much emphasis on collaboration between professions and what this should look like in the management of feeding challenges.

It is interesting that this article is written by behaviourists. The presentation and justification of the behavioural approach in this article is quite controversial. We would love to hear your feedback and reviews on the ethics and implementation of this approach.

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