Children with ASD commonly face challenges with eating a healthy range of foods for many reasons. Come and learn more about why your child might be struggling with food, and strategies to support healthy eating habits and a wider food variety. For further guidance and support, an individualized follow-up session can also be scheduled during the week following the presentation.
Who is Eligible:
Caregivers of children 0-18 years.
Best suited for families of children with ASD looking for general education on strategies for increasing variety of foods and supporting healthy eating habits.
Please note that the caregiver must have access to a reliable Internet connection and a device where caregivers can watch and hear the presenters.
Exclusionary criteria: Families looking for individualized feeding support for difficulties with choking, feeding with the use of G-tubes, or who have children who are not eating at all. These children should be referred for 1:1 support through their local children’s developmental services agency.
Jodelle Canfield grew up in Kenora, Ontario. She received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with specialization in psychology from the University of Ottawa and Applied Behaviour Analysis certification from the Geneva Center for Autism. She worked as a case manager in residential treatment homes for children with dual diagnoses for several years before transitioning to her current position as a Children’s Mental Health Counsellor at FIREFLY. She is currently in the process of completing a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology while on maternity leave with her two sons. She is completing her practicum placement with the Children and Youth Developmental Services team at FIREFLY.
Briana Chaze is an Occupational Therapist at FIREFLY. Briana started her career at Children’s Rehabilitation Centre Algoma (now Thrive) in Sault Ste. Marie, ON and has since worked in the areas of acute physical medicine, acute mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation at Lake of the Woods District Hospital, in Kenora. Briana started at Firefly in August of 2020 and looks forward to continuing her career at Firefly in pediatrics.
Chrysta Wood is Metis and mixed Anishinaabe-Irish ancestry whose family comes from Manigotagan in treaty 5. Chrysta is a mom, a kokum, a wife and an auntie. She has worked as a helper for over 16 years in various settings including prenatal and postnatal outreach, mental health counselling and working with ‘at risk’ youth mainly in the inner city of Winnipeg. Chrysta’s western educational background is social work and she is currently completing her Masters of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges through the University of Manitoba.
Myriam is a Speech-Language Pathologists working with FIREFLY in Sioux Lookout, ON. She provides services to children aged from 0 to 18 years both locally and in remote First Nations communities through various programs.
Amie is an Occupational Therapist working with FIREFLY in Kenora, ON. She provides services to children aged from 0 to 18 locally through various programs.
Christine is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and has been working in the field of early learning and early intervention for 17 years. She is an Infant/Child Development Consultant and ABA Therapist at Firefly and works closely with families and other professionals to create meaningful programs to support the development of young children and individuals with an ASD diagnosis.
Joel Willett is an Occupational Therapist who has worked with children with ASD and their families for 18 years.
Jessica Doerrl is a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with children in Northern Ontario. She grew up with a sibling who has a diagnosis of autism.
Jocelyn is a Speech-Language Pathologist working with FIREFLY in Kenora, ON. She provides services to children aged from 0 to 18 years both locally and in First Nations communities through various programs. Jocelyn was trained as a teacher prior to becoming an SLP has special interests in literacy and AAC.
Caroline Auclair and Jenna Tremblay-Leger are both Speech-Language Pathologists working with FIREFLY in Sioux Lookout, ON. They provide services to children aged from 0 to 18 years both locally and in remote First Nations communities through various programs.