Feb 21 2024


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Same Food & Autistic Wellness

Presented by Laura Hellfeld, RN, MSN, PHN

Same foods, or our favourite foods, are the foods that Autistics have a close personal relationship with (I can feel myself starting to smile thinking of mine). We tend to eat our same foods often. Maybe every day or more than once a day and often in a very specific context.

In this upcoming chat, we will be discussing how same food is a core trait in the Autistic community and incredibly tied to our mental and physical wellness. 

All too often our food choices are discussed solely from a deficit lens. Or people assume that there can only be negative in what they see as limited. But what if we flipped that lens and looked at Autistic food choices as ones that can also bring joy, comfort and physical wellbeing. These food choices are our way to help manage day-to-day demands, higher rates of co-occurring medical conditions and act as accommodations with accessing public spaces and school. 

In order to support a community during the tricky times, we need to learn about what wellness means to them and what inherent traits we can work alongside with to create plans of care.

During our time together, I will also be sharing anecdotes and drawings from Autistic participants who have attended my webinar ‘Same Food as Self Care’. Their experiences will help showcase how these adults have been able to take meaningful steps of self-care when they learned that it was ok to embrace their Autistic trait of same food.


Important Registration Information

Tickets are available for Parent/Caregivers, Students, or Professionals. Please use the appropriate ticket for your role. Professional are asked to register individually (not as as group).

Time & Date

Please note this event is taking place at 1:00 pm Central Time, and will be held virtually via Zoom. To find out what time this is where you live, look here. Registration will close at 5:00 pm Central Time 2/20/2024. **Please check your spam folder as our emails occasionally end up there.**

CEU Credits

This course is being submitted for credit with the Illinois Early Intervention Program. Please check with your local professional organization to determine additional professional education credit. Those who have paid for a professional ticket and are in attendance for the duration of the full event will receive a certificate of attendance for credit. Those who registered for a student ticket will also receive a certificate, however these will not be eligible for CEUs.

Financial Assistance

Should cost be a concern that would hinder your participation, we may be able to offer financial assistance. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Lindsay Hoffer at


About Laura Hellfeld

Laura Hellfeld is a neurodivergent (Autistic, PDA & ADHD) health care professional, consultant and advocate. Her education includes a Masters in Nursing (RN, MSN), licensure in Public Health Nursing (PHN) and certification as a Sleep Consultant. She works as an independent Nurse Consultant to support their neurodivergent community. This includes individuals, families and professionals at school settings, charities and businesses. Laura specializes in PDA, distress behaviours and self-care like eating and sleep. She is also passionate about supporting Autistic mental health by helping build in-person and online community spaces. Laura is also an Editor of the upcoming magazine publication, Autistic Revolution.