We are thrilled to introduce a new speaker to our faculty:
Susan L. Roberts, author, nutritionist, and award-winning occupational therapist uses innovative, research-based approaches for children and teens with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, CP, Down’s syndrome and other special needs. Her child-friendly, positive approach integrates physiology, psychology, and social-emotional aspects of mealtimes to achieve better health and behavioral outcomes.
Susan will be presenting her new course developed for Education Resources:
This course explores the growing problem of food refusals and nutritional deficiencies from a revolutionary new perspective that addresses self-regulation, socio-cultural, and emotional perspectives while incorporating conventional nutrition, oral-motor skills, sensory processing and behavioral techniques. Medical conditions affected by food refusals include obesity, diabetes, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and learning disabilities. Participants bring in case-studies from their own practices, applying Susan’s integrative framework which usesplay, the primary occupation of childhood, as a focal point for assessing client needs and preparing intervention plans. The seminar format provides ample time to discuss a variety of cases. Participants take away useful tools they can apply immediately in everyday practice. These include: structured observations of play and mealtime behaviors to determine developmental readiness; food journals for determining individual nutritional, sensory and food sensitivity issues; writing functional, measureable play and mealtime goals for school-based interventions that align with Common Core academic standards; and strategies for implementing related performance objectives.
April 15-16, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA
June 3-4, 2016 – Danbury, CT
November 4-5, 2016 – Cedar Knolls, NJ