Join Brittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD, the Autism Dietitian, as we uncover the long-term nutrition issues associated with selective eaters. Selective eating causes poor nutrient intake, which long-term can contribute to comorbid issues such as nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal issues, poor mood and behavior, and may even delay speech development.
The gut is considered our second brain, and whenever it’s not fed appropriately (think of the kiddos exclusively eating “blonde foods”), it can become imbalanced, inflamed, and leaky. If the diet and gut are not addressed, issues such as food sensitivities, behavioral problems, brain fog, and other symptoms may be exacerbated. Certain underlying nutrition issues may also contribute to a child’s narrowed diet, and addressing the root cause is vital to successful feeding therapy.
Together we will discuss nutrition risk factors contributing to these issues as well as red flags to identify in your clients so you feel confident referring out to a dietitian and helping your clients get the best care all around.
Learning Outcomes The participant will be able to:
List long-term health issues associated with picky eating.
Describe the cascade of events contributing to nutrient deficiencies, poor gut health, and increased behaviors.
Explore possible underlying nutritional reasons why a child may be a selective eater.
10 min -- Defining a selective eater
10 min -- High-risk groups for selective eating
15 min -- Long-term health issues associated with picky eating
15 min -- The cascade of events contributing to poor nutrient status
10 min -- Underlying issues associated with picky eating
10 min -- Overview of the gut-brain connection and how diet affects the gut microbiome
10 min -- Identifying signs & symptoms of poor nutrient status and when to refer out
10 minutes -- Review and conclusions
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.