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The Autism MEAL Plan: Progress Toward Disseminating an Evidenced-Based Treatment for Food Selectivity in Autism

April 5 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

About This Event

There is a high prevalence of feeding difficulties among children with autism. The Autism Managing Eating Aversions and Limited variety (MEAL) plan represents a parent-training intervention that combines behavioral and nutritional elements to address food selectivity in children with autism. Following an implementation framework, this intervention is now poised for deployment in community settings. This lecture will provide an overview of the journey, including conceptualization, evaluation, and packaging for broader dissemination.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the most common feeding concerns associated with autism and the coinciding impact on the child and family
  • Describe established treatment elements for feeding concerns in autism and the role of parent-training in the treatment process
  • Discuss the use of an implementation science framework to support treatment dissemination into community settings
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William Sharp, PhD

Director, Children’s Multidisciplinary Feeding Program; Associate Professor
Emory University School of Medicine


William Sharp, PhD, is a director of the Children’s Multidisciplinary Feeding Program, where he leads a multidisciplinary team of professionals whose mission is to enhance the overall quality of life for children and their families by providing evidenced-based, comprehensive care for children with pediatric feeding disorders and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). He is also an associate professor at the Emory University School of Medicine. His current research focuses on developing and evaluating innovative, community-viable methods of treatment delivery based on the need to expand the availability of effective interventions both locally and nationally.

Dr. Sharp has co-authored a treatment manual for parents on this topic and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters related to multidisciplinary treatment for feeding disorders. In 2014 and 2020, he was a finalist for the Allied Healthcare Hero Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for his dedication to improving treatment and access to care for children with chronic and severe feeding concerns. He won the award in 2014.