Clinical Nutrition Services
The Nutritional Services Program is staffed by two registered, licensed dietitian who provides clinical nutrition services to children and adults with disabilities. Referrals are accepted from individuals, family members and agencies such as Birth to Three, Children with Special Health Care Needs and community Waiver providers. Nutrition services are provided through home and outpatient visits, and through satellite clinics given throughout the state.
The Nutrition Services Program also directs the Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) Feeding and Swallowing Clinic, a family-centered, outpatient clinic for children with feeding or swallowing problems.
Clinical Nutrition Services include:
- Addressing feeding, digestive and elimination problems
- Assisting individuals in losing, gaining or maintaining weigh
- Analyzing and designing general and special diets and menus
- Addressing medication side effects pertaining to nutrition
- Evaluating and recommending laboratory tests pertaining to nutrition-related conditions
- Recommending placement or discontinuation of G & J tubes; recommending appropriate diets and formulas for individuals with G & J tubes
- Teaching individuals and their caregivers how to integrate dietary and lifestyle needs into their daily lives
Technical Assistance and Education Services
Dietitians are available to provide technical assistance, presentations, and trainings on a variety of nutrition topics. Nutrition education fact sheets and handouts are also available.
The Nutrition Services Program provides consultative services on policy issues involving nutrition and disabilities to community and state agencies.
The Nutrition Services Program works closely with CED pre-service training programs, the West Virginia University Family and Consumer Sciences Division and the West Virginia University Hospital Clinical Dietetic Internship Program to provide clinical and community nutrition experiences to graduate students, undergraduate students and dietetic interns.
Funded in part by the West Virginia Division of Health and Human Resources, Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program and by Project MCJ-549170 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act), Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.