Won’t Somebody Think of the Parents! Supporting Neurodivergent Parents and Families
Feeding challenges are commonly observed in neurodivergent children and families. Brain differences can impact feeding abilities, food preferences and the ability to meal plan and prepare meals. Neurodivergent parents face particular difficulties when it comes to feeding their families.
The webinar will provide an overview of the Neurodiversity-Affirming Model™ and its use when working with neurodivergent families. Participants will learn key factors that make family meals and meal planning difficult for neurodivergent families. There will be a focus on supporting families with sensory processing differences and executive functioning differences. The facilitator will go over simple strategies related to menu adaptations, meal planning and meal preparation. Accommodations will also be discussed.
Considerations need to be made regarding the unique needs of all family members, which can make implementing family meals challenging. Professionals need to have a thorough understanding of how neurodivergencies can impact eating and need to be well equipped to support these families in a way that feels validating and affirming.
DURATION: 1.5 hours
CEUs: 1.5 hours RD CEU approved (certificate +$5); AOTA and ASHA information below
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- Equity rate is $10. If you consider yourself to be part of a marginalized community or are struggling financially, please email email@example.com for a coupon code.
- Student rate is $10. Student email address required.
Naureen Hunani RD
Naureen Hunani is a multiply neurodivergent registered dietitian with 18 years of clinical experience. She has a private practice in Montreal, Canada, where she treats children, adults and families struggling with various feeding and eating challenges through a trauma-informed, weight-inclusive and anti-oppressive approach.
Naureen has extensive experience working with neurodivergent families, including autism spectrum, ADHD, sensory processing differences and other forms of neurodivergencies. She is a supporter of early diagnosis of feeding differences and advocates for inclusion and acceptance. Naureen is the founder of RDs for Neurodiversity, a neurodiversity-informed online continuing education platform for dietitians and helping professionals. She has had the privilege to share her knowledge and expertise at national and international conferences.
Learning Objectives: at the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Name two factors that can make family meals difficult for neurodivergent families.
- List two strategies that providers can offer to facilitate meal planning.
- Name the five pillars of the Neurodiversity-Affirming Model™.
Certificates of attendance verify 1.5 hours of continuing education for SLPs and OTs. Check with your professional organization’s licensing bodies to determine exactly what may be accepted for you:
This course counts towards ASHA professional development hour requirements, and does not require pre-approval. Please keep your certificate as proof of attendance as it is not submitted to ASHA’s CEU registry. Please check with your state certification board for any additional requirements for state licensure, as they all differ. ASHA professional development information
This course counts towards AOTA professional development hour requirements and does not require pre-approval. Please check your state’s and national certifying body guidelines for specific information to determine if it may apply to your state’s licensure requirements. Please keep your certificate as proof of attendance as it is not submitted to any CEU registries. NBCOT certificate and certification , NBCOT certification activities chart