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Food Selectivity: The Pivotal Role of Parent Education

presented by Michelle Suarez

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Effective treatment of food selectivity requires the feeding clinician to facilitate the generalization of skills and treatment strategies into the child’s natural environment. In order for this generalization to occur, caregivers must gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effect positive change in their child’s eating behavior. This course will highlight the key concepts that caregivers need to understand in order to provide teachable moments for their child. In addition, a systematic approach to introducing new foods in the home environment will be outlined. This is part four in a series on Food Selectivity.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Michelle Suarez, PhD, OTR/L

    Michelle Suarez is an Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy department at Western Michigan University (WMU). She received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Eastern Michigan University and her PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Science from Western Michigan University. In her role as professor, she teaches the pediatric content to Master level OT students, co-coordinates the clinic where students complete their level I placements, is a member of an autism diagnostic evaluation team, and conducts research in pediatric practice. Michelle has published peer reviewed research in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, International Journal of School Health, Autism and Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. In addition, she has written several book chapters for the Conditions in Occupational Performance text book. Michelle’s research areas include Food Selectivity, Sensory Processing Disorders, measuring physiological responses to everyday occupation, and the impact of abuse, neglect and prenatal substance abuse on children and relationships. She regularly presents at professional conferences and for community organizations. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Importance of the Home Program

    1. Importance of the Home Program

    An individualized home program is essential for generalization of skills into the child’s natural environment. This chapter will highlight key caregiver education concepts and provide a systematic approach for introducing new foods at home, school or in other settings where the child regularly eats.

  2. Case Reviews

    2. Case Reviews

    This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the feeding treatment application for three children who present with different levels of functioning. These case studies will facilitate integration of all of the evaluation, treatment and home programming information as well as how to adapt treatment for the unique needs of each family.