Analyzing the relationship between autism and eating disorders in children is a new and difficult research topic. It is important to look for treatment options since there is such a rise of autistic children worldwide and the high percentage of feeding difficulties in these children. Autism must first be defined and understood as to the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of autism. Looking into the eating disorders, such as anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa, of typically developed children and adults can help us begin to understand the world of eating disorders and offer a starting place in the treatment of feeding problems in ASD children. However, eating disorders within ASD children will need to address additional needs and considerations due to their ASD diagnosis. Researching the types of feeding problems of ASD children will help determine the treatment options. As of now the treatment options most commonly used are a behavior treatment approach and sensory integration. The key component in all treatment plans for ASD children appears to be parental involvement. The most successful treatment is when parents understand the issues and have been properly trained to assist in the feeding plans and treatments for their child. Only through further research will we be able to determine the best methods to help ASD children with their feeding problems. With further research and studies ASD children will be able to have healthier eating habits ensuring better health and less stress during mealtimes throughout the day.


Casey, Michael

Second Advisor

Broda, Matthew




Applied Behavior Analysis | Child Psychology


Autism Spectrum disorder, Eating disorder, treatments

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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