January 2014

Clear Your Plate: Re-thinking Managing Weight in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Development Disabilities

Join us for Part I of our Obesity and Special Needs series where we focus on how to assess and treat feeding issues in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) - a surprisingly understudied group. Going beyond the traditional focus on diet and exercise, find out what factors can support successful interventions. Obesity is an increasing problem in children with ASD or IDD and a risk factor for other health comorbidities such as diabetes and heart disease, making it a critical health aspect to target in childhood.

Patricia Novak MPH, RD, CLE

Patricia Novak MPH, RD, CLE. For the past thirty years, Patricia has worked with children and families focusing on feeding. Her experience has included inpatient lactation support, early intervention programs, interdisciplinary feeding clinics and teenage eating disorders. She has authored articles and presented internationally with emphasis on autism spectrum disorders, relation-based feeding intervention and weight control for children with special needs.  

Title:            Clear Your Plate: Re-thinking Managing Weight in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Development Disabilities
Date:            Wednesday, January 29th
Time:           12:00PM - 1:00PM EST
CE Credit:   1.0 contact hour, 1.0 CPE

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Upon completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the role biological factors play within the Intellectual/Developmental disabilities (IDD) population that influences the development of obesity.  
  • Discuss the role sensory processing plays on the development of obesity.
  • Identify the role of communication in treating obesity in the IDD population.

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Details on CE Credits
To receive a CE certificate, you must individually register online for the webinar, attend the full program and complete an online evaluation.

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Villanova University College of Nursing / Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (VN0001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

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