Parent and Educator Workshops

Barrett Family Wellness Center, Inc. is pleased to offer informative workshops that are designed to give parents, therapists, teachers and special educators a base of knowledge in the topic areas being discussed.

Our workshops deal with topics that affect many children that come to our facility. These workshops are ideal for individuals seeking an introduction to more advanced levels of knowledge of a particular subject area.

All workshops can be performed as an in-service at your facility.  Please call for pricing.


November 18, 2014 (Tuesday) 6:30 – 8:30 pm
at Barrett Family Wellness Center
Feeding Therapy: Making a Fun Process Out of Eating
Co-Presented by Phyllis Barrett Samara, OTR/L and
Annie Alexopoulos, M.S., C.C.C.

We will discuss why some children don’t eat, the difference between a picky eater and a problem feeder , the role of feeding therapists , texture grading, steps to eating and how to make playing with food fun!  We will also show different viewpoints including sensory aspects, oral motor and swallowing.

Tickets are $25/each and include a copy of our first book in Barrett’s Sensory Series called Applesauce Grows on TreesPlease call 508-898-2688 to register. Seating is limited.

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ABade MWN Bio Pic_croppedKeep Calm & Feed On
Tuesday, March 25th 6:30-8:30pm at Barrett

In a panic over a picky eater? Join us for “Keep Calm and Feed On”, a FREE Barrett workshop presented by Metrowest Nutrition‘s dietitian Ashley Bade Cronin, RD, LDN, CSP on Tuesday, March 25th from 6:30-8:30pm.  Seats are limited, please register by calling 508-898-2688.

Ashley will discuss picky eating in general and then offer many stress-free steps to aide you in your feeding journey with your child. Things discussed will be:

  • Picky Eating; What’s it All About?
  • What is a picky eater?
  • Are there health concerns?
  • Parental fear, stress, concern & all out panic
  • You are not alone
  • Feeding a Picky Eater
  • What we can & cannot do as parents
  • Accepting the Division of Responsibility
  • Understand the Levels of Acceptance
  • Establish a Meal & Snack Routine
  • Provide Balance & Variety
  • Set Expectations
  • Increasing Investment in Foods & Meal Times
  • Create a Supportive Meal Experience

Presenter Bio :  Ashley Bade Cronin, RD, LDN, CSP

By eight-years-old, Ashley had sampled nearly every chicken finger/tender or nugget in New England. Her favorite “vegetables” were popcorn and potato chips. Her “green” foods included mint chocolate chip ice cream and green M&M’s. Now, Ashley is a successful pediatric dietitian practicing in the Greater Boston Area, showing that even pickiest of eaters can be converted.

Ashley holds her bachelor’s degree in nutritional science from the University of New Hampshire and received her dietetic training at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ashley also is a certified specialist in pediatric nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Ashley’s specialty areas include weight management, disordered eating, adolescent nutrition, picky eating, gastrointestinal disorders, failure to thrive, and non-diet approach to lifelong healthy eating for patients of all ages.

Ashley hopes to help families overcome the struggles of today to raise the healthy eaters of tomorrow.

Seats are limited, please register by calling 508-898-2688.

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