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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