Does your child have difficulty transitioning from pureed food to regular foods, or have a limited variety of foods in his/her repertoire? Does he/she prefer crispy/crunchy snacks or have food avoidance behaviors that make mealtime stressful? Does he/she have limited or no use of words, limited use of gestures (such as pointing), or limited play skills? If your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), has feeding difficulties, difficulty responding to his/her name or limited engagement, we invite you to attend this informative session. The program will highlight and explain some of the feeding and communication difficulties commonly seen in children with ASD and ASD-like characteristics and will serve as a starting point for helping your child become a successful feeder and communicator.
About the Speakers:
Dr. Wilma Benitez-Rivera
is a bilingual speech-language pathologist who received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Howard University in Washington, DC. She also has an undergraduate degree from Albizu University in San Juan, P.R. and has completed certificate programs from the Universidade de Sao Paulo and Universidade Federal da Bahia in Brazil and Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro, Mexico. She has over 15 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist, mentor and conference presenter, has been a grant writer and adjunct professor, and published in a peer-reviewed journal. During her years of experience, she has become an expert on the assessment and treatment of patients across the lifespan, but her emphasis has always been on pediatric populations. Her areas of interest include bilingualism and literacy, as well as training and coaching caregivers on how to address the feeding/ swallowing difficulties experienced by their child and how to assist patients in generalizing the skills they have learned in therapy into their mealtime.
Dr. Nayda Torres-Soto
is a bilingual speech-language pathologist with over 15 years of experience working in different settings with clients of all ages and their families. She has devoted her years as a clinician to the study of bilingualism in children with special needs and to serving patients and families of minority backgrounds who warrant the expertise needed to determine the presence of a true communication disorder. In her therapy sessions she supports her patients’ families to create plans to use their daily activities to develop their child’s communication skills. Nayda holds an undergraduate degree from Albizu University in San Juan, P.R., master’s and doctoral degrees from Howard University in Washington, DC, certificate programs from the Universidade de Sao Paulo and Universidade Federal da Bahia in Brazil and Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro, Mexico and is an experienced presenter at the local and national levels.
Cost: Free with registration.
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For more information or to register, please call 305-662-8282