Monday, May 23, 2011

NAA NY Metro Chapter Presents: Mealtime Success for Kids on the Spectrum

Mealtime Success For Kids on the Spectrum
with Susan Roberts, MDiv, OTR/L
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm - Networking /6:30-8:30 pm - Presentation
Location: Rebecca School
40 East 30th, 5th Floor New York, NY 10003

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders have difficulties during mealtimes for a variety of reasons. Poor muscle control affects lips, tongue, jaw, facial muscles, hands and core body movements—all of which impact our ability to move food into the digestive system. Sensory processing problems produce aversions or obsessions with specific smells, textures and tastes that compromise good nutrition—which in turn increases hunger and food cravings. Mealtimes nourish our souls as much as our bodies, through the sharing of conversation and social relationships. Instead of a time for enjoyment, mealtimes often become battlegrounds—nourishing no one.

SUSAN L. ROBERTS, MDiv, OTR/L, teaches a seminar on this topic and recently returned from appearances throughout the nation. Come join us on June 22nd for the opportunity to share Susan’s expertise in this area and to share your own thoughts and concerns.

Ms. Roberts is an award winning Occupational Therapist with more than 30 years of experience in school-based pediatrics, as well as home health care, rehabilitation, ergonomics, long-term care, adaptive driving and psychiatry. Susan earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. Research interests in the sensory aspects and neurobiology of healing rituals led her to complete a Masters in Divinity from Harvard University.

Ms. Roberts’ current practice places a special emphasis on transforming behavioral issues in families with non-verbal and pre-verbal children. Her clinical and research interests lie in the primary occupation of childhood, play, as well as the use of mind/body approaches for achieving optimal health and wellness. Ms. Roberts gives lectures & seminars around the USA on how to help children enjoy mealtimes, playtimes & school. Through individual coaching, play experiences, and support groups, she provides a safe space where children (and the adults who care for them) can discover their own path to happiness and healing.

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