Audrey R, BS, RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Behavioral Therapist 

Feeding Therapy

Blue Bird Day Employee Since 2017

Education

Bachelor of Science Nutrition and Dietetics
Dominican University

Coordinated Dietetic Internship
Dominican University

Credentials and Certification 

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist 
  • Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist 
  • Behavioral Therapist 
  • CPR/First Aid Certified 
  • Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Certified 

Clinical Expertise

  • Community and pediatric nutrition 
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis 
  • Motivational Interviewing 

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My Story

My passion for the special needs community and my love of dietetics crossed paths in January of 2016. After completing 1200 supervised practice hours through Chicago Head Start and other pediatric community programs, I was fortunate to work as a behavioral therapist while studying for the board-certified dietetics exam. This work changed my life and shaped my career. It was here I realized that as a dietitian, I could support a child’s growth and development through positive reinforcement and nutrition education in a peer motivated setting. Nutrition therapy, when combined with psychosocial stimulation and family-directed interventions, produces significantly better long term improvements in growth and cognitive development (Source: Pediatric Nutrition Support Core Curriculum, 2015). It is a true honor to work at Blue Bird Day, they helped make my dream job a reality and I couldn’t be happier.  

My Blue Bird Day

The best part about working at Blue Day is our multidisciplinary team approach to a child’s development. One of my fondest memories to date happened when completing a client’s progress report, I asked a physical therapist colleague about posture related to nutrition therapy. Suddenly, the entire room was engaging in a discussion while answering all of my questions. My report was complete and I left with a better understanding of a child’s development from the perspective of multiple disciplines.  

 

My Blue Bird Day Goals

  1. Looking ahead, I hope to become a board-certified specialist in pediatric nutrition in 2020 and apply for master’s programs in behavioral health.  

     

Testimonials

From my peer: Audrey has been working hard on the menus for the kids, but she went the extra mile on the holiday party menus. Thank you for creating the nutritious and fun snacks for the kids at our holiday parties. You are appreciated.” – SPOT awards 2017 

“Thank you, Audrey, for thinking outside the box.” – parent SPOT award 2018