Nutrition for the Neurologically Impaired Child

Program Date: 5 May 2020
Publication Date: 19 June 2020
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll identify types of neurological impairment (NI); discuss nutrition risk factors and common GI problems associated with NI; recognize the components of nutrition assessment; and recommend nutrition interventions and monitoring for patients with NI.

Course Objectives:

•Identify types of neurological impairment (NI).
•Discuss nutrition risk factors and common GI problems associated with NI.
•Recognize the components of nutrition assessment for patients with NI.
•Recommend nutrition interventions and monitoring for patients with NI.
  • CDR Level: 1
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 2070, 3020, 5070, 5300
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.1, 8.3.1, 10.2.1, 10.2.10
  • Run Time: 48

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Jodi Wolff, MS, RDN, FAND, FAACPDM

Pediatric Dietitian
Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Cleveland, OH, USA

Jodi Wolff is a Pediatric Dietitian with 20 years of experience caring for children with complex medical needs such as metabolic disorders, renal, oncology, cystic fibrosis, critical care, and neurological impairment. Jodi is part of a multidisciplinary team caring for children with medical complexity at the Center for Comprehensive Care at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital care in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jodi received a Bachelor of Science degree from Youngstown State University and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where she is currently an adjunct instructor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nutrition and the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. She was also appointed to serve as a member of ASPEN’s Malnutrition Committee.

Jodi has authored several book chapters and articles on topics including critical care, GI, malnutrition, and nutrition for children with neurological impairment. She developed the curriculum for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Focused Physical Exam Hands-On Workshop and is a national speaker on topics such as Nutrition Focused Physical Exam and Pediatric Malnutrition. She believes that Nutrition Focused Physical Exam is an essential skill for clinicians working with pediatric patients and will allow for earlier identification and treatment of malnutrition, resulting in better outcomes and overall health.

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