Thanks for responding to my question, “Have you tried The Eating Game?” If you would like to know what it is all about to see if it could help your child to be a healthier eater please take a few minutes here to learn more and decide if it can help you and your child. This “game” (because it’s fun!) has been a life changer for many children around the globe.

The components of The Eating Game which is presented in a 3 ring binder with a copy of Canada’s Food Guide, very similar to guide recommendations in other countries.In creating The Eating Game I drew on my education (degree in Nutrition and Education, specializing in Special Education) and my 37 years of work experience as a Special Education Teacher, SchoolBoard Autism Consultant and Early interventionist. For more info and to order your copy go to www.theeatinggame.ca Click on each photo for further explanation. Feel free to ask questions. Modifications can be made too.
To learn more about what Eating Game users think go to http://theeatinggame.ca/testimonials/

I invented The Eating Game for a 6 year old friend, named Ethan, who is autistic. At the time he preferred to always eat hot dogs and rice; oh and he liked pizza too! So I set out to create something to help him to continue to be in control of his food choices but to expand them to have a more varied, healthier diet. I knew it would have to be very visual and offer structure and routine to make mealtime very predictable. When I was finished my creation I knew, from experience and my knowledge of autism, that I had created something that could help many more children who have restricted diets. And so it evolved ~ The Eating Game ~ it worked for Ethan and is working for many others (testimonialshttp://on.fb.me/bpwxvA ) Even after several years of using The Eating Game every day, Ethan would still choose to use it to plan his meals – he liked being in control of the food choices and he liked the predictable mealtime environment it created for him. I would encourage you to check it out. I always hope it will help another child.

The Eating Game has 5 meal planning charts that are card stock with 5 mil laminating for:
2 – 3 years
4 – 8 years
9 – 13 years
Females 14 – 18 years
Males 14 – 18 years

NOTE: I also have adult charts available for males & females 19 – 50 and 51+. Please just ask and I will exchange charts for younger age charts that you wouldn’t need.

The chart being used can be removed from the binder for easy use and be able to be displayed daily in a prominent place.

Each meal planning chart has six meals:
Breakfast  73871_10150096886080390_6548910_n
Snack
Lunch
Snack
Supper
Snack
The four colors on the chart refer to the 4 food groups:
Green – Fruit & Vegetables
Yellow – Grains
Red – Meat & Alternatives
Blue – Milk & Alternatives
The number of each color indicates the recommended number of servings for 1 day; the arrangement being the creators choice.
There are also squares to place pictures of water.
Each square has a velcro button.

There are 4 sets of food pictures, over 240 in total. They are color coded to match the squares on the planning charts:  40750_10150096886170390_117743845389_7880397_4217772_n[1] (350x258)
Green – Fruit & Vegetables
Yellow – Grains
Red – Meat & Alternatives
Blue – Milk & Alternatives
Each picture is on 5 mil laminated card stock with a velcro button on the back so that it will adhere to the chart.
Each day you would display only the foods from the 4 groups that your child will choose from to plan their meals for the day. You would begin by presenting any foods they have eaten in their life time that you have on hand that day.

Choosing foods, from those presented by the parent/caregiver, the pictures are placed on the daily planning chart by matching colors to plan each meal/snack for the day. There is now a very visual plan that will make the mealtime environment very predictable. At the end of the day the pictures are removed and the next day can be planned! It is an easy structure for a child to work with and one that remains the same for a lifetime! The routine of planning everyday at the same time will be beneficial to most children and the family. Very quickly, most children will be able to do this independently.

 

The MIY Kit (Make It Yourself) gives you all the materials you need to assemble your own Eating Game:
~ 5 laminated meal planning charts for ages 2 – 3, 4 – 8, 9 – 13, 14 – 18 female, 14 – 18 male                                                     1907342_10152898010530390_5179054364407059347_n

~ 4 laminated pages of food pictures

~ 2 laminated storage pages

~ hook & loop fastener for storage pages, charts and pictures

~ all instructions for assembly and use

~ Canada’s Food Guide

The Digital Edition (English & French)provides you with a Downloadable copy of all files needed to create your own Eating Game as well as a list of materials needed and complete instructions. From its home in Canada it will arrive wherever you are around the globe in minutes via cyberspace delivery with no shipping costs!

The original Eating Game arrives ready to use. 10388065_10152777987050390_8732679391306761650_n

The MIY (Make It Yourself Kit in English & French) provides all materials printed and laminated and hook & loop fastener for you to put together your own Eating Game.

The Eater’s Choice Daily Meal Planners offer the same daily meal planning charts without pictures. It is a reusable dry erasable chart, available in English for ages 4-8, 9-13, 14-18, 19-50, 51+
These are also available as a downloadable product for you to print and laminate. All you need to purchase is a dry erasable pen.

To place an order http://theeatinggame.ca/our-store/

 

 

There should be a reward for reading all this eh! And there is, If you would like to purchase the Digital Edition of The Eating Game you can use the                               COUPON CODE  spacial for a 25% discount.

Jean Nicol, Inventor of The Eating Game

US PATENT # 8,333,593 B2
CANADIAN PATENT # 2,612,218

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Jean Nicol was a Special Education Teacher who after 10 years of retirement continues to be a very passionate autism advocate especially in the international autism community via social media. In 1970 Jean began her working career as a Home Economics Teacher after completing a BSc in Nutrition at St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Four years later she completed her BEd and began teaching elementary school where she quickly found her calling in Special Education and completed the Post Grad Special Education Program at Ottawa University. This was the beginning of a very rewarding 20 years in special education; with a desire to learn as much as she could about autism working with many children from preschool age to teenagers and young adults, as a teacher and community volunteer. Jean ended her working career as an Autism Consultant in the local public schools for 2 years. Then all of her education and work experience came together to keep her very busy in her retirement with her invention. During early retirement Jean worked part time as an Early Interventionist in a home visit play centered program for preschoolers with developmental delays. While doing this a friend asked for help in addressing the eating challenges of her six year old autistic son. Jean responded with enthusiasm and created what would become The Eating Game. This program was so successful Jean decided that her time would be well spent creating more of The Eating Game to help so many children with ASD who often deal with eating challenges. Her venture began with a small home business, EYECAN CREATIONS Jean Nicol was a Special Education Teacher who after 10 years of retirement continues to be a very passionate autism advocate especially in the international autism community via social media. In 1970 Jean began her working career as a Home Economics Teacher after completing a BSc in Nutrition at St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Four years later she completed her BEd and began teaching elementary school where she quickly found her calling in Special Education and completed the Post Grad Special Education Program at Ottawa University. This was the beginning of a very rewarding 20 years in special education; with a desire to learn as much as she could about autism working with many children from preschool age to teenagers and young adults, as a teacher and community volunteer. Jean ended her working career as an Autism Consultant in the local public schools for 2 years. Then all of her education and work experience came together to keep her very busy in her retirement with her invention. During early retirement Jean worked part time as an Early Interventionist in a home visit play centered program for preschoolers with developmental delays. While doing this a friend asked for help in addressing the eating challenges of her six year old autistic son. Jean responded with enthusiasm and created what would become The Eating Game. This program was so successful Jean decided that her time would be well spent creating more of The Eating Game to help so many children with ASD who often deal with eating challenges. Her venture began with a small home business, EYECAN CREATIONS Publications and grew in seven years to now proudly display 2 Eating Game Patents, Canadian and American! Eating Game product development continues to play a role as Jean helps parents and children internationally. Every day is an adventure online meeting and helping friends in the global autism community with eating issues and many other concerns related to autism. Jean believes that key issues in helping children with autism relate to communication and social skill development. She is always ready to help parents work out ways to support their children, to give them “a voice” using visual supports, including social stories. Making a difference in the lives of children with autism and their families makes daily life worthwhile and very rewarding for Jean Nicol. The Eating Game website http://www.theeatinggame.ca/ Twitter https://twitter.com/TheEatingGame Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jean.nicol1 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheEatingGame Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/1/+JeanNicolTheEatingGame/posts LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeannicol Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/theeatinggame/ Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/jeannicol/

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