15-Apr-2021 8:00 AM - 16-Apr-2021 4:00 PM - Online

Resolving picky eating from the inside out

Online delivery

Thursday, April 15, 2021 & Friday, April 16, 2021  
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Meal time dynamics, culture, chemical food additives, and physiological development impact hormonal, sensory, and motor aspects of eating.  By addressing the socio-cultural, environmental, and developmental factors that impact eating, the occupational therapist can reduce mealtime stress and enhance a child's capacity to eat a greater variety of healthy, nutrient-dense foods.

This 2-day interactive workshop will explore the physiological (taste, texture, addictions, nutrient deficiencies, dysbiosis, neuro-endocrine imbalance) and cultural (habits, societal norms, industrial processing of food) factors behind picky eating.  It will reveal physiological signs of metabolic imbalance, engage with activity- based assessment tools, and address evidence-based lifestyle practices to broaden what a child will eat. Day 1 will focus on the science behind the symptoms and will define factors that contribute to picky eating. Day 2 will provide tools for assessment, review concrete strategies/intervention plans, and discuss how to use interprofessional collaboration to enhance a child's capacity to eat healthy, nutrient-dense foods.

Preliminary Workshop Agenda:
Day 1
 

8:00-9:30 a.m.

History of picky eating 

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Morning break

9:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Science behind the symptoms: physiological factors of taste, texture, and addictions

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:45 p.m.

Science behind the symptoms: physiological factors of nutrient deficiencies, dysbiosis, and neuro-endocrine imbalances

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Afternoon break

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Science behind the symptoms: cultural factors of habits, societal norms, and industrial processing of food

Day 2

8:00-9:30 a.m.

Physiological signs of metabolic imbalance

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Morning break

9:45-12:00 p.m.

When/where to refer and how to collaborate with other professionals (scope of occupational therapy practice with the activity of eating defined)

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:45 p.m.

Activity-based assessment tools to identify the root of the issues

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Afternoon break

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Evidence-based lifestyle practices, concrete strategies, and intervention plans to enhance a child's capacity to eat healthy, nutrient-dense foods


Learning objectives:

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the history of picky eating.
  2. Understand the science behind the symptoms of picky eating.  
  3. Recognize physiological factors of taste, texture, addictions, nutrient deficiencies, dysbiosis, and neuroendocrine imbalances.
  4. Identify cultural factors of habits, societal norms and industrial processing of food.
  5. Identify the physiological signs of metabolic imbalance and learn when/where to refer.
  6. Employ activity-based assessment tools to identify the roots of the issues.
  7. Apply evidence-based lifestyle practices that enhance a child's capacity to eat healthy.


Target audience:

Occupational therapist clinicians, occupational therapist educators, occupational therapist researchers, students in occupational therapy programs, teachers, dietitians, speech-language pathologists and family members/caregivers who wish to develop their skills in associated family, social, and cultural dynamics as they relate to improving a child's capacity to eat healthy, nutrient-dense foods.  A foundational knowledge of pediatric intervention techniques is recommended.

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc.

Workshop level:

Intermediate (3-5 years of experience in this specific practice area) 

Presenter:

Michelle Riddle, Reg. OT (BC)

Michelle Riddle is a pediatric occupational therapist, registered holistic nutritionist, faculty member with Vancouver Island University, and community adviser with University of Alberta's Neuroscience Division.  She has provided more than 25 years of community-based rehabilitation services, is a Queen's University graduate, and an internationally acclaimed speaker.  She develops client-centered programs that target the roots of function to empower mental, physical and emotional balance for the clients she serves. Michelle is the director of Resilient Health, founder of the Global Alliance for Our Children's Future (launching spring, 2020) and collaborates with leading international scientists on a mission to reverse the rising tide of chronic neurodevelopmental conditions experienced by our children.

Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by January 20, 2021

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*

$361.25

$451.50

Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between January 21, 2021 and March 31, 2021 

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*

$411.25

$501.50

Registration deadline : March 31, 2021 


Please note that for the 2020-2021 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

*In many cases it would be more cost effective to become a CAOT Member or Associate rather than pay the non-member rate. See “Can a non-member register for a Workshop?” in our Workshop FAQ to know which membership category you are eligible for. 

Included in your registration fee:

Two-day workshop, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, electronic certificate of attendance.

Maximum number of registrants:   
75

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent in writing to education@caot.ca. All cancellation requests received prior to March 31, 2021 will be given a full refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee. All cancellation/refund requests after March 31, 2021 will be given a 50% refund. Substitutions are permitted, subject to a $50.00 administrative fee.

CAOT reserves the right to modify the workshop title, description, registration dates and information on the workshop webpage. CAOT will notify participants on or before March 19, 2021 if there is insufficient registration by that date and reserves the right to cancel a Workshop due to insufficient registration up until March 5, 2021. CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the technology for the Workshop due to the presenter no longer being able to present the Workshop, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT by notifying participants as soon as possible. If the Workshop is cancelled by CAOT, registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. CAOT will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of any such changes.

Additional questions?
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