In the UK the first research on eating disorder treatments for children with autism conducted by the Learn 2 Learn Clinic

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“Behaviour Procedures of Escape Extinction in the Treatment of Feeding Problems in Home Setting”

We have completed a field based research study on “Behaviour Procedures of Escape Extinction in the Treatment of Feeding Problems in Home Setting”, which involves eating disorder treatment of a 3 year old child  with autism using principles and procedures of ABA.

We are proud to say that this is the first evidence-based research study in the UK, which was conducted in a home setting. The research has conducted in the child's home in Uxbridge and lasted for one year. One year ago, the child’s diet was only “baby pureed food”, he is now eating out in restaurants with his parents. 

As a result of the successful outcome of the research, we have consulted in more cases in the treatment of eating disorders with successful outcomes.

Below is the abstract of the research. Should you need the full research paper please contact us. 

Behaviour Procedures of Escape Extinction in the Treatment of Feeding Problems in Home Setting


A significant number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are affected by selective eating disorder. The application of interventions based on escape extinction has been examined by a few studies and some interesting outcomes have been achieved. These positive results mainly consist in the preference by the child for earlier non-preferred foods, resulting by these interventions. To meet his particular needs and taking into account his home environment, an intervention based on escape extinction and positive reinforcement was applied with one child for the present project. The acceptance or removal of food by the child as well as the presence of disruptive conducts in every intervention session conducted in his home setting were recorded by the researcher. The results showed that all of the foods that chosen were successfully introduced in his diet. These results indicate that behavioural interventions based on escape extinction and positive reinforcement can be used to increase the range of foods in the child’s diet and also these interventions can be applied in home settings.

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