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The Eating Game was created for a little boy who is autistic. He had significant issues with eating as many do, facing challenges that required him to self restrict his diet. It was after much observation that The Eating Game was created for him. He named it a “game” because it was fun! Even though knowing that every child with autism is unique,  Jean Nicol, the Inventor, knew that The Eating Game would help many more kids and their families as it addressed isues that many with autism deal with: the need to do what is necessary to manage in a very unpredictable environment, the need for structure and routine and for so many, even those who are verbal, the need for visual supports for communication needs.

 

The Eating Game is a wonderful tool for teaching children how to develop healthy eating habits and so is being used successfully by many who are not autistic. It is ideal for toddlers, who are so ready to be engaged in learning opportunities and can be used as a teaching tool for much more than just healthy meal planning: sorting, colors, numbers, matching, language development – receptive and expressive language skills. It is also an ideal teaching tool for preschools, daycares and public schools wanting children to learn for life the skills needed to be healthy eaters.

 

The Eating Game is being used by Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists and Feeding Clinics. Therapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists supporting children with autism and those with severe eating challenges use and recommend The Eating Games to families. Many families are finding the days of mealtime battles a thing of the past. Their children are using The Eating Game as part of their daily routine and eating healthier meals and snacks every day. For children with autism, since choice of foods is no longer an issue, it is easier to cue into the social demands of family mealtimes. All around everyone is a winner every day with The Eating Game.

Over 200 food pictures color coded in 4 food groups; each made durably with card stock and heavy laminating and a velcro button so it will adhere to the meal planning chart.

One of 5 charts based on age groups from 2 up to 18 years. Charts are made from heavy card stock and laminating with velcro buttons for durability. The color coding matches the food pictures which will be stuck on the charts to plan meals and snacks every day. The colors represent 4 food groups: green for fruit & vegetables, yellow for grains, blue for dairy/alternatives and red for meat/alternatives. Each square represents one serving to provide in a day the recommended servings for the age group.

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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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