Weighing in on the Child with Autism: Implications for Practice

Track: 30 Minute Podium

Session Number: 305B
Date: Thu, Apr 25th, 2019
Time: 11:40 AM - 12:10 PM

Description:

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Session Type: Clinical Practice

Session Description: Children on the autism spectrum often face numerous daily challenges, including picky eating. The characteristics often associated with autism that contribute to rigidity, need for routine, and sensory defensiveness may contribute to selective eating and ultimately, nutritional concerns. This presentation will give an overview of the feeding issues associated with children with Autism and describe its relationship with future weight concerns. We will provide strategies for improving the nutritional quality of the child’s diet.
Primary Presenter Bio: This author has more than 25 years’ experience as Advanced Practice Nurse. I have had the opportunity to function in both the roles as nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialist. Currently, I am a nurse practitioner at a Children’s Hospital working with in a weight management clinic. I have mentored and taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students. This author has presented extensively addressing children with feeding issues, appetite manipulation, tube feeding weaning, obesity and autism, and a general overview of research. I have had the privilege to present at the national conferences of NAPANP, Society of Pediatric Nursing, Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses, American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, National Association of School Nurse Conference, and locally, at the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioner. I love research and currently serve as the national chair of the research committee for my specialty organization (APGNN), as well as, being appointed to serve as on the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB
Primary Presenter Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Session Type: Clinical Practice

Session Description: Children on the autism spectrum often face numerous daily challenges, including picky eating. The characteristics often associated with autism that contribute to rigidity, need for routine, and sensory defensiveness may contribute to selective eating and ultimately, nutritional concerns. This presentation will give an overview of the feeding issues associated with children with Autism and describe its relationship with future weight concerns. We will provide strategies for improving the nutritional quality of the child’s diet.
Primary Presenter Bio: This author has more than 25 years’ experience as Advanced Practice Nurse. I have had the opportunity to function in both the roles as nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialist. Currently, I am a nurse practitioner at a Children’s Hospital working with in a weight management clinic. I have mentored and taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students. This author has presented extensively addressing children with feeding issues, appetite manipulation, tube feeding weaning, obesity and autism, and a general overview of research. I have had the privilege to present at the national conferences of NAPANP, Society of Pediatric Nursing, Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses, American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, National Association of School Nurse Conference, and locally, at the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioner. I love research and currently serve as the national chair of the research committee for my specialty organization (APGNN), as well as, being appointed to serve as on the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB
Primary Presenter Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia