2018 iaedp™ Symposium Session Shows Broad View of Eating Disorders Across Autism Spectrum

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The presentation, “A Broad View: Understanding Eating Disorders Across the Autism Spectrum,” will discuss why eating disorders are highly prevalent across the autism spectrum, estimated at 90 percent in children with a growing concern about rising rates for adults. This presentation and more than 60 others will be offered when the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium begins in Orlando, Florida, March 22 – 25, at the Omni at ChampionsGate.

Autism is a broadly defined and complex neurodevelopmental condition with a high prevalence of eating disorders. Issues reported are diverse, yet sensory issues predominate. Depending on severity, along a spectrum of varied symptoms, sensory experiences such as smells, tastes, textures, noises and body sensations may be uncomfortable and perceived as harmful to those with autism spectrum disorder.
The presentation, “A Broad View: Understanding Eating Disorders Across the Autism Spectrum,” will discuss why eating disorders are highly prevalent across the autism spectrum, estimated at 90 percent in children with a growing concern about rising rates for adults. The effect of eating disorders on health status is assessed as well as treatment options.

This presentation and more than 60 others will be offered when the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium begins in Orlando, Florida, March 22 – 25, at the Omni at ChampionsGate.

What is understood regarding the effect of diverse eating pathologies on nutrition and overall health status as well as a general overview of treatment options will be reviewed by presenter Janice Goldschmidt, MS, RD, LDN who has spent the last decade teaching cooking skills to adults with autism as a form of nutrition intervention. She is currently completing a book on this topic for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) among many other publications.
Following the presentation, participants in the workshop will be able to identify the many eating disorders that have been identified among those with autism, as well as sensory abnormalities, which are manifested in eating behaviors.
About the iaedp™ Foundation: Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions. The Presidents Council provides leadership to the organization and includes: Center for Change; Eating Recovery Center; Green Mountain at Fox Run; Laureate Eating Disorders Program; La Ventana Treatment Programs; McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers; Monte Nido & Affiliates; Pine Grove Women's Center; Remuda Ranch at the Meadows; Rogers Behavioral Health; Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders; Selah House; The Renfrew Center; Timberline Knolls; and Veritas Collaborative.            
The iaedp™ Foundation proudly announces the supporting sponsors for the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium:
Silver and Event Sponsor: Avalon Hills
Bronze Sponsor: Breathe Life Healing Centers
Bronze Sponsor: Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Centers
Bronze Sponsor: Fairwinds Treatment Center
Bronze Sponsor: Pine Grove’s Women’s Center

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