Participants Needed for Food Selectivity Study

Published: September 19th, 2014

Category: Research

Assessment and Treatment of Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The University of Florida Behavior Analysis Research Clinic (BARC) is looking for participants who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, or their typically developing siblings, between the ages of three and fourteen, to be involved in a research study.
The study would involve your child participating in an assessment and treatment of food selectivity. Food selectivity refers to eating only a limited variety of foods and refusal to eat or taste new foods. The assessment and treatment of food selectivity is important to prevent nutritional deficits and medical issues. In order to participate in this study your child has to be a safe oral feeder (no problems swallowing, chewing or evidence of aspiration or medical problems related to feeding) and have basic imitation and self-feeding skills. The study involves two phases. Phase 1 will be an assessment phase in which children with a diagnoses of ASD and typically developing children will participate. Phase 2 will be a treatment phase and only for children with a diagnoses of ASD and restricted food preferences.

If you would like you child to participate, please email the Co-investigator, Varsovia Hernandez, for more information and to receive a consent form.

If you have any thoughts or questions about this study you may direct them to the contact below:

Varsovia Hernandez, Ph.D.,
Kerri P. Peters, Ph.D., BCBA-D, BARC Clinical Director,

Behavior Research Clinic at UF

Thank you for your consideration.

Approved by University of Florida Institutional Review Board 02
Protocol # 2014-U-0518
For Use Until 5/21/2015