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Episode 084: How to Get Picky Eaters to Eat More Food with Valori Neiger

Valori Neiger is an autism feeding specialist joining us today to talk about how to get picky eaters to eat more food. For any of us who have been in the field, we know that a lot of the kids we work with really struggle with feeding. When Valori reached out to us, of course, we had to have her join us on the show. She started her ABA journey in undergraduate school in the early 2000s. Dr. Greg Madden, a pioneer in behavior economics, was a guest speaker in one of Valori’s classes and wanted to recruit students into an ABA track. Valori left class totally hooked and was inspired to get into the field. She then went on to graduate school where she gained valuable experience in a wide variety of areas. Valori relocated to Seattle after school, and she eventually worked in the specialty of feeding.

How to Get Picky Eaters to Try New Foods

Through her work, Valori realized there was a huge demand for help with feeding concerns. The wait for families can be really long. Valori also started a blog as a way to help families and providers serving the population. We chat with Valori about how feeding falls under ABA, the biggest challenges to feeding when working with kids with autism, and suggestions on how to work on feeding flexibility. If you’re interested in learning more about Valori and her work, check out her blog below.

We’re also hosting a CEU event with Valori all about feeding on Friday, February 24th at 12pm EST. But you must be a Pro Member of the Bx Resource to attend. Sign up now to make sure you get in.

What’s Inside:

  • How Valori got into a career as an autism feeding specialist.
  • How feeding can be incorporated into a team-based model.
  • Steps to work on feeding flexibility.
  • Tips for professionals and parents.
  • Info on our upcoming CEU event.

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