Counseling Adults With Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability with a defined set of behaviors. A diagnosis of ASD now includes Asperger syndrome, autistic disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. ASD affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. Scientists have yet to figure out what causes ASD and why those with ASD communicate, […]

Obesity: Communicating With Respect

“Close your eyes and visualize a successful lawyer—better yet, an award-winning lawyer,” the presenter said to several hundred FNCE® attendees. I imagined a 40-something white guy in a blue suit, in good shape, with nice hair, and at least average height. I never once considered that the speaker, Patty Nece, JD, was describing herself. Why? […]

Combating Food Guilt

As RDs, there’s no doubt in our minds that there’s more than one way to eat healthfully. But there’s also no doubt that eating has become a confusing matter for many people. Consumers receive more messages about food and eating than ever before. Hundreds of advertisements for every food from snacks to breakfast cereals to […]

Mindful Eating Talking Points

It seems that so many people are rushing around these days—working long hours and carting kids around to games, practices, competitions, etc. Does this sound familiar: “I got so caught up in my work that I forgot to eat.”; “I had to stop at a convenience mart for food because I didn’t know I’d be […]

Ethically Marketing Products to Clients

There’s a doctor I know of who, like most physicians, often refers his patients to specialists—RDs, certified diabetes educators, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, cardiologists, etc. But there’s a caveat: This doctor only refers to specialists working outside of his office when he’s in a good financial position. In most cases, if his practice doesn’t offer a service, […]