Health Promotion for Individuals with Autism in the Age of COVID-19: Development of Online Tools

Recorded on: 05/28/2020

About the Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has created both challenges and opportunities for community-based health agencies to promote behavior change or provide systematic instruction from a distance. This struggle is particularly significant for those professionals working with cohorts who cannot realize the full potential of social media or web-based platforms, including individuals with autism. Individuals on the autism spectrum are particularly vulnerable to health disparities in the current environment and, at the same time, must continue to strive for independence in the activities of daily living. To bypass the challenges of social distancing and limited resources, Community Support Services, Inc. has created an 11-part video series on creating inclusive food preparation activities for individuals with autism who are currently house-bound. The videos offer pragmatic tips regarding ten food-related activities that occur naturally in residential kitchens and which are ideal for supporting independence.

Topics include:

  • Hand Washing
  • Spreading
  • Chopping/Cutting
  • Toaster Use
  • Collating Meals
  • “Instant” Projects
  • Potato Prep
  • Nutrition-based Games/Activities
  • Dishwasher Use
  • Slow Cooker Use

The webinar will introduce and sample the videos and all the materials are available to the public on the CSS website free-of-charge.

About the Presenters

Janice Goldschmidt, MPH, MS, RD, LDN

Janice Goldschmidt, MPH, MS, RD, LDN received a Master’s Degree in Nutrition as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Maryland -- College Park. She is actively involved as both researcher and practitioner in the nutritional status of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and has published and presented on this topic in numerous professional publications and conferences (including the SNEB annual meeting). In 2018, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities published her first book entitled "Teaching Authentic Cooking Skills to Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Active Engagement."

Janice currently serves as the Director of Nutrition Services at Community Support Services, where she is responsible for the development of programs intended to support the health and wellness of adults with autism.

Education Benefits

Participants of this webinar will receive 1 CEU for live attendance. The webinar provides information on the following:

SNEB Nutrition Educator Competencies

Basic Food and Nutrition Knowledge

Food Science

Written Oral and Social Media Communication

CDR Performance Indicators

2.1.3, 4.1.1, 5.1.2, 8.2.1

CDR Learning Need Codes

8060, 6050, 1130

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