EVERYONE’S A WINNER!

The Eating Game was invented for a little boy with autism who needed structure, routine and visual supports to help him gain and be in control in his environment.

Does that sound to you like many children with ASD?

This little boy had also learned that one way he could control and be in control in the eating environments in his life was to restrict the number of foods he wanted so he would know what he would be having to eat – no surprises! A strategy that worked for him.

Does this sound like a child you know with ASD?

So The Eating Game set out to give him and many others structure, routine, visual supports, control and predictability; all while providing for a variety of healthy food choices that met the dietary recommendations for specific age groups (2-3, 4-8, 9-13, 14-18).

He named it a “game” because he said it was FUN! Kids love games and having fun. I saw “GAME” as an acronym for Get Awesome Meals Everyday! So, a game it was and he has continued to enjoy using it for years now.

In 15 months he was eating over 200 new foods, almost everything. He still wanted to use it everyday because then he was in control of the choices and meals/snacks were predictable. His parents called it a SUCCESS, as did many more after that, because he was making healthy choices, learning to enjoy a wider variety of foods; plus he was seldom sick anymore and family mealtime was no longer a battle ground. With him happily eating meals with the family, food choices no longer an issue*, they were now able to address the social issues surrounding family mealtimes that can be problematic for a child on the spectrum. He could join in conversations, helped serve the meal and clean up afterwards! 

Everyone wins with this game!

* soon his food choices became the basics of the family meal and why not? The choices were healthy ones, good for the whole family and now only one meal was being prepared for the whole family. My little friend liked that!

 

NOTE: The Eating Game does not specifically address issues of food allergies, sensitivities or special diets but because the parent/caregiver presents the foods for choice The Eating Game will support any of these special needs ( for example,  the bread could be gluten free and the milk could be almond milk)
Jean
Jean
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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