Recorded BHN Webinar:
“Hidden in Plain Sight: Understanding the Nutritional Trends Affecting the Adult Cohort on the Autism Spectrum”
Recorded on October 17, 2017
CPEU Certificate Expires 10/17/2020
Webinar presented by: Janice Bailey-Goldschmidt, MS, RD, LDN
Autism studies has traditionally focused on children – typically young boys — but there is now an emerging interest in the unique patterns seen in adults on the spectrum. This presentation provides an overview of what is currently understood about these years of the lifespan, particularly in reference to nutrition-related concerns. The presentation closes with a short description of how nutrition professionals can contribute to a higher quality of life for this population
- Explain that most people with autism are adults, in contrast to the pediatric focus that pervades autism research and practice,
- Outline relevant trends in the adult cohort of autism in relation to nutrition, particularly in reference to obesity and the chronic conditions that typically accompany,
- Be able to briefly summarize some of the most common eating disorders identified for adults with autism.
CPE Level 2:
3020 Assessment of target groups, populations
4010 Community intervention, monitoring, and evaluation
5180 Developmental disorders.
9.4.3 Takes into consideration special needs and disabilities and provides accommodations. 6.2.5 Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery, and health and nutrition of customers. 8.2.1 Assesses the physical, social and cultural needs of the individual, group, community or population. 8.2.2 Applies knowledge of health determinants when planning, developing and implementing services, programs, meal plans and menus. 8.3.4 Enhances knowledge to foster career advancement. 12.2.1 Identifies determinants of health and their influence on population health status.
For the last decade, I have worked with adults with autism and other developmental disabilities on the development of cooking skills as a form of nutritional intervention. This topic served as the basis for my Master’s Thesis and the foundation for the cooking program that I subsequently developed and implemented.
Along with development of capacity for cooking, I am interested in the overall health related trends for the adult cohort on the spectrum. For too long research and practice in autism studies has focused on children. Most people with autism are adults and their health-related patterns and quality of life are not well understood. This trend is changing and I hope to make a significant contribution by creating and implementing innovative programs that help these individuals be as independent as possible in the adult years of the lifespan. At present, I am completing a manuscript on strategies for teaching cooking skills to individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities to be published by the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.