The Team Approach to Nutritional Wellness

The Team Approach to Nutritional Wellness


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Speaker: Stephanie Kestel Karpovs, MCD, CCC-SLP and Anatole Karpovs, MD, FAAP, CCMS

Course Description
According to the Global Burden of Disease study, “poor dietary habits” are the #1 risk factor for early death and disability. What we choose to fuel our bodies can impact our whole well-being. The message of “eat the rainbow” is one that both adults and kids can visualize and implement—and getting kids in the kitchen cultivates a love of both food and family connection. A healthy, colorful diet can be transformative: it can make us feel mentally alert, help our bodies function more efficiently, and offer protection from/help reverse the impacts of some chronic diseases.  But, how do we get more adults to use food as medicine? Get more families to raise adventurous eaters! Incorporating a more holistic approach to health and wellness requires those foundational skills to feeding. Early intervention and a team approach to wellness are ideal to guide orofacial development to be able to handle a wide variety of tastes, temperatures and textures.  You’ll learn how to step away from the Standard American Diet (it’s S.A.D.) and lean into a more whole-foods, plant-based approach (both in the therapy room and in your own kitchen). You’ll also learn ways to effectively communicate among professionals (“How do you talk to the pediatrician when you aren’t married to one?”), build a strong interdisciplinary team and identify some fun ways to educate your community. Cheers to your good health! |

Learning Outcomes
The participant will be able to:
  1. Describe normal anatomy, physiology, and developmental milestones for optimal oral function and airway patency (birth through young adult).
  2. Describe the connection between OMDs and malnutrition (or poor nutrition) and its potential impact on personal, familial, and societal health and wellness. 
  3. Identify the benefits of a whole food/plant-based, anti-inflammatory dietary approach to wellness and ways to incorporate these foods into therapy and personal lives.
  4. Identify strategies for effective communication and collaboration with other professionals to optimize a team approach for the benefit of shared patients.  
Timed Agenda
  • 10 min -- Introductions/brief overview of normal developmental guidelines
  • 15 min -- Contributing factors that can increase airway, orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD), feeding & swallowing issues
  • 15 min -- OMD’s and functional nutrition
  • 20 min -- Power of proper nutrition, Mediterranean/whole food, plant based diets and ways to incorporate more colorful and developmentally appropriate food choices onto the plate
  • 10 min -- How to effectively counsel on diet/nutrition/feeding goals and referrals
  • 20 min -- Making healthy foods kid-fun and family friendly; community education
  • 20 min -- Collaborative care and multidisciplinary team-building examples to maximize care for shared patients
  • 10 min -- Case examples, creative therapy ideas and wrap up


Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on treatment methods related to the use of TalkTools® resources. Other similar treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture.

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