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Nutrition Premasters Training
Master's or doctoral candidates, usually one year. Some post-master's or post-doctoral clinical fellowships of no more than one year's duration. Generally, funding is available for one position each year.
Description of Training Program
The KKI Nutrition Department provides hands-on training to graduate and post-graduate students, as well as those practicing clinicians wanting more in-depth experiences in developmental disabilities and nutrition within an interdisciplinary context. Experiences are based on an individuals' goals and objectives, and can be short or long term.
Working within interdisciplinary teams, nutritionists at Kennedy Krieger Institute address the nutritional needs of children, adolescents and some adults who have neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, seizure disorders, feeding disorders, and head and spinal cord injuries. We specify food intake to meet each individual's identified needs, modify nutrient composition and texture consistency of diets, translate prescribed orders into meal plans, pinpoint food/supplement choices and preparation techniques. Nutrition fosters behavioral changes through education and counseling in the inpatient, day treatment and outpatient settings.
The goals of nutrition assessment and treatment are to have healthy, alert, interactive children and adolescents who can take advantage of the many therapies and community resources available to them.
Patricia Miller, MS, RD, CSP, LDN, Assistant Director of Nutrition Department. Clinical programs: Inpatient and outpatient assessment and treatment, brain injury and developmental disabilities and feeding and swallowing program. Clinical research: Energy needs, growth patterns, health outcomes related to long-term enteral support.
Liz Enagonio, MS, RD, CNSC, LDN. Clinical programs: Inpatient and outpatient assessment and treatment, feeding disorders program, developmental disabilities. Clinical research interests: OI, celiac disease, nutrition in autism spectrum disorders.
Weekly Training Opportunities
Learning opportunities are available through weekly interdisciplinary clinical inpatient rounds, daily family/patient contact, inservice training, interdisciplinary training curriculum in neurodevelopmental disabilities (core course) and interdisciplinary peer review.