Ana Forte

Ana Forte

Registered Dietitian

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Pediatric Nutrition Therapy

Our registered Dietitians are Nutrition experts so let us help eliminate the confusing and large amounts of information that you find online.  Information that’s often contradictory and not clear.  Our dietitians are have access to evidenced based information related to different disease states, integrative nutrition (vitamins and minerals) and are trained to be able to find what information relates specifically to the needs of each client.  We focus on nutrition for treating:

  • Autism
  • Obesity
  • Behavioral Issues
  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)
  • Picky Eaters
  • Nutrition Deficits
  • Weight Loss/ Weight Gain
  • Inadequate Growth
  • and more….

Nutrition Therapy Services

  • Nutrition Evaluation
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Custom Menu Preparations (Weekly or Monthly with Recipes)
  • Basic Cooking Classes
  • Pantry Clean Outs
  • Grocery Shopping Tools
  • Shopping on a budget
  • How to Read Food labels
  • Nutrition Education
    • Portion Sizes
    • Vitamin/Mineral Education
    • Understanding Gluten Free
    • Probiotics and Prebiotics

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How does it work?

We get lots of questions about how it all works.  The Nutrition Care Process is a systematic approach to providing high-quality nutrition care. It was published as part of the Nutrition Care Model. Use of the NCP does not mean that all patients/clients get the same care; the process provides a framework for the RDN to individualize care, taking into account the patient/client’s needs and values and using the best evidence available to make decisions. Other disciplines in healthcare, including nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists have adopted care processes specific to their discipline.

In 2003, the Academy’s House of Delegates adopted the NCP in an effort to provide dietetics professionals with a framework for critical thinking and decision-making. Use of the NCP can lead to more efficient and effective care and greater recognition of the role of dietetic professionals in all care settings. The Nutrition Care Process consists of distinct, interrelated steps:

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Nutrition Assessment

The RDN collects and documents information such as food or nutrition-related history; biochemical data, medical tests and procedures; anthropometric measurements, nutrition-focused physical findings and client history.

Diagnosis

Data collected during the nutrition assessment guides the RDN in selection of the appropriate nutrition diagnosis (i.e., naming the specific problem).

Intervention

The RDN then selects the nutrition intervention that will be directed to the root cause (or etiology) of the nutrition problem and aimed at alleviating the signs and symptoms of the diagnosis.

Monitoring/Evaluation

The final step of the process is monitoring and evaluation, which the RDN uses to determine if the patient/client has achieved, or is making progress toward, the planned goals.

Below is our FAQ section about Nutrition Therapy.

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential RD or RDN.

“The “RD” credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.”

The RD credential is earned only after specific requirements are met:

  1. Earn at least a bachelor’s degree
  2. Complete a supervised practice program
  3. Pass the national registration examination
  4. Must maintain continuing education requirements for recertification.

In addition, the state of Florida requires that a Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist, or Nutrition counselor must have a license to practice. This ensures that the minimum requirements are met for safe practice.

Every Registered Dietitian is a Nutritionist; but not every Nutritionist is a Registered Dietitian.

Registered Dietitians are required to follow a code of ethics, standards of practice and they have been trained to rely on information that is based on evidence.

When working with Atlantic Speech Therapy’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist you can feel confident because you are working with an expert.

What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?

Medical Nutrition Therapy is an essential component of comprehensive health care.  Individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses can improve their health and quality of life with the assistance of Medical Nutrition Therapy.  During a MNT intervention RD’s counsel clients on behavioral and lifestyle changes required to impact long-term eating habits and health.

Medical Therapy Nutrition includes:

  1. Performing a comprehensive nutrition assessment to determine the nutrition diagnosis. (Note: a nutrition diagnosis is not the same as a Medical diagnosis)
  2. Planning and implementing a Nutrition intervention using evidenced based nutrition practice guidelines.
  3. Monitoring and evaluating an individual’s progress over subsequent visits with the RD.

RD’s can provide Medical Nutrition Therapy and other nutrition services for a variety of diseases and conditions including:

*Disease prevention: general wellness

*Gastro Intestinal disorders: celiac disease, crohn’s disease

*Immune system disorders: Food allergy, HIV/AIDS

*Pediatrics: infant/child feeding, failure-to-thrive, inborn errors of metabolism

*Weight Management: weight gain, weight maintenance, weight loss, overweight/obesity prevention, eating disorders

*Women’s Health: pregnancy, osteoporosis, anemia

What is the difference between a Nutrition Diagnosis vs A Medical Diagnosis?

The medical diagnosis can only be giving by a MD or OD.

A Nutrition diagnoses relates specifically to something that can be managed through diet.

Example:

Medical Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Nutrition Diagnosis:

1) Disordered Eating pattern related to limited foods liked and eaten by client as evidence by diet history and observed behaviors.

2) Underweight related to minimal food intake and picky eating as evidence by BMI/age below the second percentile.

An individual can have more than one Nutrition diagnosis.

When working with Atlantic Speech Therapy a plan of care is established to address each individual Nutrition diagnosis.

How do I know if my child could benefit from nutrition therapy?

Good nutrition is an essential part of everyone’s health. If you are concerned with picky eating, weight loss, overweight and obesity, nutrient deficiencies, food allergies, celiac disease, sifting through the information found on the internet, or general wellness you may benefit from Nutrition therapy.

Nutrition therapy is a partnership; results are best achieved when both the Educator and the client work together to create a meal program that is specific to the client’s needs/goals.

Food is often a sensitive subject.

Parents often feel they should know all of the answers and may feel frustrated when their child will not eat.  Nutrition therapy can work with you and your child to make sure that your child receives the right nutrients to maintain adequate nutrition

Food can be used as a coping mechanism and may result in overeating or under eating; either way both of these actions may lead to a form of malnutrition.  Nutrition therapy can give you the tools to change your behavior and address these concerns.  Behaviors take time to change and this does not occur in one day.