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Presented by: Jessica Lewis, MS, OTR/L
originally recorded July 17, 2014

Webinars are video presentations and include the recorded PowerPoint and lecture and a .pdf copy of the PowerPoint notes.

Description: Individuals with a limited food repertoire, or picky eaters, can be picky for many reasons, including decreased oral motor strength, poor oral motor skills, and/or oral sensory sensitivities. This course will guide healthcare professionals in how to evaluate the skills required to eat a balanced diet. Using a gentle approach, participants will examine the foundational skills involved in eating a wide variety of foods, as well as general implications for treatment.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this webinar viewers will be able to:

  1. Identify background information needed to gain a general understanding of why an individual may have a limited diet.
  2. Describe what skills to look at when evaluating a picky eater.
  3. Interpret assessment findings and provide recommendations for moving forward

Course Level: Intermediate. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants and students, speech and language therapists, teachers, and educators.

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Assessment

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.5 contact hour or .15 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded webinar in its entirety and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the presenter: Jessica Lewis is a Licensed and Certified Occupational Therapist. She received her Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from the University of New Hampshire. She has experience in pediatrics, particularly in acute mental health and outpatient settings. Jessica is currently the Oral Motor Coordinator at OTA and she continues to develop this area of special interest through evaluation and treatment of children with feeding and oral motor difficulties. She has attended the SOS Approach to Feeding and MORE courses which have expanded this area of knowledge. Jessica has also completed the Sensory Integration Assessment and Intervention certification course (SIPT) and is a certified provider of Therapeutic Listening.

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