Sonya Meyer

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Sonya Meyer, BOT, MSc, Doctoral Student, The Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Social
Welfare & Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel.

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Tel Aviv University, 1994. Master of Science, The Department of Occupational Therapy, Haifa University, 2012.

Lecturer and research assistant, the Department of Occupational Therapy, Haifa University.

Occupational therapist and clinical instructor. Evaluation and individual and group intervention among children with developmental dysfunctions and complex developmental delays. 

Children and Adolescents coping in everyday life with Celiac Disease: An occupational-based model for promoting self-management

Celiac disease (CD) is a chronic immunologically determined condition precipitated by exposure to gluten (wheat, barley and rye) and is characterized by damage to the small intestine. A strict gluten free diet is the only effective treatment. The diet is restrictive and requires complete avoidance of gluten containing foods and adherence of children and adolescents with CD is suboptimal. Celiac management consists of medical and nutritional follow-up. However, experiences of everyday life with CD reveals challenges and the burden of the everyday management lies on those diagnosed with the disease. My research focuses on an innovative approach to children and adolescents with CD that considers occupational and ICF-CY based constructs and functional needs that have yet to be met.