Restrictive Eating Disorders & Autism; Awareness, Advice, Actions


Event type Webinar

Webinar, via Zoom
09:30 - 12:30 UK time, 10:30 - 13:30 CET
Bookings close on Wednesday 9 May, 09:00 UK time, 10:00 CET

Boy refusing food

This webinar will focus on ARFID and Autism and will give delegates an overview of the latest evidence based research, together with advice for interventions.

Complex presentations of eating disorders in young people with Autism or other neurodevelopmental conditions can be challenging for professionals. We hope to provide clinicians with up to date knowledge of current research, helpful tips for clinical practice and an overview of specialist services in the northwest.

ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) was first introduced into mental health diagnostic manuals ten years ago. It is characterised by avoidant and restrictive eating behaviours resulting from a lack of interest in eating, avoidance due to the sensory properties of food, and/or fear-based concerns, such as worries about choking or vomiting following eating. We know that the ARFID pattern of eating is common in individuals with autism and that sensory sensitivity is likely to be one of the underlying causes.


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Key learning takeaways

  1. Up to date knowledge of recent research into Autism & ARFID
  2. A greater awareness of eating disorder presentations in young people with Autism
  3. An understanding of setting up and delivering ARFID services

About the talks

Dr. David Ochando & Emily Birch – Lessons learned from setting up and delivering an ARFID service within a generic CYP CEDS team

We would like to focus our presentation on lessons learned from setting up and delivering an arfid service within a generic cyp ceds team – what we know now, what we wish we had known, and questions still to answer. We hope this will be helpful as the development of an arfid offer is something teams all a all over the country are being asked to consider (and put into action). There is much discussion and debate and we hope we have useful insight to share.

Dr. Rachel Loomes Widening the reach of family-based interventions for Anorexia Nervosa: autism-adaptations for children and adolescents

Recent research has highlighted the overlap between anorexia and autism and the need for the development of adaptations to existing treatments to better meet the requirements of autistic people who develop anorexia. · NICE guidelines recommend Family-based therapy as a first line treatment approach for adolescents with anorexia. This talk will focus on describing a number of adaptations that can be made to family-based treatments for anorexia when working with an autistic young person and their family.

Dr. Tom Jewell and Dr. Emma Willmott – Autism & ARFID

Who should attend

This webinar is suitable for clinicians working in CAMHS, paediatricians, and those working in eating disorder services.


Dr. David Ochando, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) Community Eating Disorders Service Clinical Lead for the specialist community eating disorders service for CYP in The Manchester Foundation Trust and The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. Executive member and Quality Improvement lead in the Faculty of Eating Disorders at The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr. Tom Jewell, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, King’s College London

Dr. Rachel Loomes, Principle Clinical Psychologist Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders, Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital

Dr. Emma Willmott, Senior Clinical Psychologist ARFID service, Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders