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Taking Steps to Overcome Restrictive Eating and Transform Mealtimes

Level: Beginner

For: Parents, caregivers, family members

Autism Specific?: No

Taking Steps to Overcome Restrictive Eating and Transform Mealtimes

12:00pm – 1:00pm, Wednesdays, May 22-June 19, 2024

Presented by Lauren Hershfield (OT), Elise Fairey (RD); The Feeding Group

Live on Zoom

This online parenting group will teach parents and caregivers how to best support their child with restrictive eating, facilitate positive food interactions, and work towards expanding their diet and less stressful mealtimes.

Attend this program to:

  • Gain an understanding of what factors can cause restrictive eating, and how to best understand your child’s eating behaviors
  • Learn ways to increase your child’s acceptance level and comfort with new food
  • Identify and address challenges related to food refusal and power struggles.
  • Discuss and address common nutritional deficiencies associated with restrictive eating.
  • Explore a variety of feeding strategies to encourage adventurous eating.
  • Learn about the role of sensory integration in food acceptance.
  • Learn how to manage eating challenges at school, holidays and parties
  • Build a community of support with other parents of restricted eaters to help problem solve around feeding your child

This program has a 30-person capacity.


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5-Week Program Registration
$ 500.00
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Event Details

Lauren Hershfield

Lauren earned her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Lauren has specialized training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, sensory systems and restrive eating and pediatric feeding disorders and anxiety. Lauren has a special interest in helping parents navigate the worries of feeding a child with restrictive eating and building connections with children. Lauren enjoys building relationships with parents and children to help implement changes that will improve their day to day lives.

Elise Fairey

Elise received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia. Elise has obtained further training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and the Solid Starts Professional curriculum. She has dedicated her career to working with kids and their families both at BC Children’s Hospital and in her private practice, The Feeding Group. Elise has a special interest in supporting babies and kids with poor growth and optimizing kids’ nutrition. Elise is passionate about establishing good feeding practices in childhood so kids can grow up feeling good about food and their bodies.

Weekly hour-long sessions at noon Pacific time from Wednesday, May 22 to Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

Each session will be 60 minutes and conducted over Zoom, providing a virtual space for interactive learning and discussion. Questions and group discussions will be encouraged to foster a supportive community.

This course aims to empower parents with practical knowledge, simple but effective strategies, and a supportive community to navigate the challenges of restrictive eating and promote a positive relationship with food for their children.

Each week will be facilitated by a registered occupational therapist or dietitian.

The 5-week program cost is $500.

*Last day to register is May 17 at 11:59pm, 2024

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ACT wants to ensure equitable access to all of our events. Bursaries are available where registration cost is a barrier. Full bursaries are available for Indigenous people/people who work at organizations that support Indigenous people. You are encouraged to apply for bursaries as soon as possible as funds are limited.

Apply by completing ACT’s Bursary Form before May 13, 2024. If you identify as Indigenous, or work for an Indigenous organization, complete our Bursary Form for Indigenous Communities.

Donate to our bursary fund.

Autism Funding

If you wish to use your child’s Autism Funding to pay for your registration, ACT can invoice the Autism Funding Branch directly. If you are paying in advance to be reimbursed, you must contact the Autism Funding Branch for approval first.

For information on how to register with your Autism Funding, visit Workshop Registration Using Autism Funding.

CART captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided at the event.

Wednesday, May 22 @ 12:00 pm Wednesday, June 19 @ 1:00 pm PDT