Kimberly Austin, MS, RD, Registered Dietician
The Thompson Center provides nutrition evaluation services to clients of all ages.
History and assessment
All new patients are assessed with a full growth and dietary history starting with newborn feeding, transition to table foods, food preferences and behaviors related to diet and eating. A current nutritional status screening assesses and plots growth parameters and determines deficiencies.
Institution and management of special diets
Management of children who have extremely limited diets is addressed, and families may schedule additional time with the dietician to address issues related to limited food acceptance. Joint consultation with the dietician and behavioralist is available.
Many families wish to try special diets — especially the popular casein-free and gluten-free ones. The dietician works with the physician to set up a diet plan that takes into account the child’s nutritional status, growth, behavioral objectives and expectations. Benchmarks for success and timelines are encouraged.
Nutritional supplement monitoring
Families often want to try nutritional supplements. Their safety profile is assessed, and any unsafe practices are discussed with the family.
Following the nutrition assessment, initial counseling is provided. The dietician is also available to schedule ongoing weight counseling and management.