Rachael Benson
Administrative Assistant
The Spiral Foundation
74 Bridge Street
Newton, MA 02458 
617-969-4410 ext. 231


Monday, June 17, 2019
7:00pm to 8:00pm EST

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Course level: Introductory

Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Intervention

Contact hours: This course is worth total of 1.0 contact hours, or .1 AOTA CEUs.

Course Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the LiveTalk either live or as a recording, and complete the accompanying assessment.

ADA/Section 504:  If you require special accommodations, please contact us at the address above.

Continuing Education

Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

2019 LiveTalk Series:

January 28: Collaboration in Diverse Cultural Settings: Navigating the OT “Expert” Role

February 11: OT and Psychology: The Relationship between Trauma, Attachment and Sensory Integration

March 4: OT and Speech and Language Pathologists: Working Together to Explore the Language of Sensory Integration

TBD: Clinical OT and School OT: Collaboration for Client Success in Varied Environments

TBD: OT and Early Intervention Team Collaboration: Finding Your Place on the Team

TBD: The OT/Teacher Partnership: Effectively Supporting Students in Inclusive Environments

TBD: The OT and Parent Partnership: Building a Foundation of Understanding

TBD: OT and the Dietician: Partnering for Healthy Relationships with Feeding Clients

TBD: Advocating for Sensory Friendly Community Partners

TBD: OT and Behavioral Optometrists: Insight into Integrating Vision in Sensory Integration

** dates subject to change **

Part of the 2019 'Collaboration for Care: Combining Treatment Disciplines for Greater Effectiveness' LiveTalk Series:

OT and Dieticians: Partnering for Healthy Relationships with Feeding Clients

Jaymie Stavdal, MS, OTR/L and Bridgitte Carroll, MS, RDN, LDN


Monday, June 17, 2019
7:00pm - 8:00pm EST

With changes in healthcare, interdisciplinary collaborations are more important and often a regular part of Occupational Therapy practice in recent years. Occupational therapists working in the area of Sensory Integration frequently coordinate care or interface with a wide range of professionals in the course of providing services to their clients. Our 2019 Live Talk Series: Collaboration for Care: Combining Treatment Disciplines for Greater Effectiveness will explore the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of navigating these partnerships with a wide range of professionals. 

This year’s LiveTalk series will present multiple occupational therapy professional partnerships to address various clients whose treatment needs cross disciplines. Our guests will include occupational therapists and their professional partners who will discuss strategies for making their partnerships work. Guests will use case studies to illustrate their partnerships’ successes and challenges.


Clients with feeding and mealtime issues can be challenging and often benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach. Occupational therapists often find that these children also require the services of professionals such as dieticians, nutritionists or medical professionals. This talk will illustrate how occupational therapists and dietician nutritionists can work together to meet the goals of their clients to best address feeding and eating challenges. Case illustrations will be used to highlight strategies for building a successful, collaborative, working relationship. Come listen in on a conversation between these two professionals as they discuss the “how” and “why” they collaborate for more successful outcomes for these demanding clients.  

Learning Objectives
By the end of this LiveTalk the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify key steps to building a relationship with a dietician nutritionist
  2. Identify key strategies to use in collaboration with dietician nutritionist to foster common client goal achievement
  3. State challenges or barriers to effective collaboration between dietician or nutritionist and occupational therapists

About the Speakers: Jaymie Stavdal MS OTR/L earned her Master of Science degree in occupational therapy, graduating Summa Cum Laude and as Valedictorian of her class at the University at Buffalo in New York. During her time at UB, Jaymie served as President of the UB Student Occupational Therapy Association and member of Pi Theta Epsilon OT National Honor Society. Jaymie received national recognition from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation as the 2013 recipient of the Mary Fiorentino Memorial Scholarship Award for excellence in qualifications and potential for future professional development. Jaymie currently works full time at OTA The Koomar Center, serving as a mentor and as the Visual Vestibular Coordinator. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors for Camp Avanti, an intensive occupational therapy program for children with sensory processing dysfunction and/or learning disabilities. She has experience working with children in the home, school, and clinic setting, as well as running parent/child community-based sensory motor groups and summer camps. Jaymie is a certified provider of Therapeutic Listening and Integrated Listening Systems and has training in CranioSacral Therapy, DIR/Floor-time, and trauma/attachment.

Bridgitte Carroll, MS, RDN, LDN: Bridgitte is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a passion to dramatically improve her patient’s health. She has always been a nutrition and food guru but she started her formal nutrition education in undergrad at Miami University in dietetics. She then continued her Masters and supervised practice at Simmons College. She was exposed to the amazing world of functional nutrition which opened her eyes on how she could work with patients using a root cause approach. Bridgitte draws passion about helping others from her own experiences and imbalances. She not only utilizes personalize nutrition along with using food as medicine but she discusses lifestyle modifications to propel her clients to optimal wellness. She provides in-depth one-on-one consultation services, monthly public lectures and is a supplement and food buyer at Johnson Compounding and Wellness in Waltham.

    Subscriptions for the 2019 'Collaboration for Care: Combining Treatment Disciplines for Greater Effectiveness' LiveTalk Series are open!
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    June LiveTalk: $25
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    Cancellation Policy: No refunds except in the event the course is cancelled by Spiral. Recorded downloads are available for those who miss the live event. Please see here, towards the bottom of the page, for the Spiral Foundation's complete policy regarding cancellations and refunds.
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