Nutritionists are an integral part of the interdisciplinary early intervention team for infants and young children with special health care needs. Nutrition staff includes four master-level Registered, Licensed Dietitians who travel to eleven KIDS FIRST medical day clinics across Arkansas. Nutrition staff members are actively involved in state and national professional organizations and seek to provide the highest quality of nutrition services to all children enrolled. The American Dietetic Association’s recommended nutrition care process protocol including a nutrition diagnosis is included in all nutrition intervention plans.
Nutrition Services Include:
- Nutrition screening, assessment and periodic follow-up of all children enrolled.
- Consultation and coordination of nutrition treatment plan with family and interdisciplinary staff
- Individualized parent consultation
- Parent and staff training
- Preparation of menus including therapeutic diets
- Monitor menus and food service to ensure meals meet USDA Child Nutrition Guidelines, food safety and sanitation
- Serve as resource and provide training for local, state and national programs and services.
- Mentor undergraduate and graduate nutrition students
- Precept and provide dietetic interns with pediatric nutrition rotation for children with special health care needs
Some Common Nutrition Related Diagnosis and Associated Problems of Children Enrolled:
- Malnutrition/Failure To Thrive
- Feeding Disorders both organic and non-organic
- Genetic/Metabolic Feeding Problems
- Cardiac/Renal Disease
- Autism and Feeding
- Children requiring Enteral Tube Feedings
- Prematurity and Infant Feeding
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Food Allergies and Intolerances
- Down Syndrome and Variety of other Nutrition/Growth Related Syndromes
Nutrition and Early Childhood Education Specialists collaborated to produce Nutrition and Physical Activity Can Be Fun Curriculum, which consists of A Curriculum, Leader’s Guide, Game Board and a CD with 15 fun filled songs.