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4314062In 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, School Board Autism Consultant and Early Interventionist.

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 (read testimonials) 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.

 

Canadian Patent # 2,612,218 was granted in Jan 2014.  On Dec 18, 2012 The United States granted my Patent # 8,333,593 B2. This is a unique invention that can be used by a child to plan meals independently. No other patented invention provided a meal planner that could be used by almost any child, verbal or non verbal, gifted or challenged with delays.

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
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:
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.

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I am retired and pretty much devote my time to The Eating Game and helping families find solutions so their child can eat a healthy diet. I love a challenge and welcome any questions. To contact me at any time and to order your copy go to www.theeatinggame.ca          ………………………. Jean Nicol

NOTE – Feb 23/15 We are trying to clear all inventory so offer you 50% off The Eating Game and MIY Kit (delivery in Canada and the USA only)

Use COUPON CODE special50

 

 

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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/

2 Comments

  1. Natalie says:

    Hello Jean!
    First, I want to thank you for caring so much about people. It is refreshing to see and your creation looks like a winning idea.
    I recently mentioned to my husband that I wanted to make laminated pictures of food so that our 3 year old can help decide what we will eat without always choosing the same things (cereal and peanut butter). He will eat most things but because of my husband traveling and changes in schedules, he is much more comforted if he can have cereal. I have gotten lax about making meals, and because of my own stresses, often turn to my own comfort foods or don’t eat at all, which is my biggest fear, to raise him in that environment. I was anorexic for several years, and have been in recovery since 2005, though it has been an uphill battle which I thought I had won…but recently am noticing I am slipping back into rigid habits.

    When I saw this online, I was overjoyed. I am hoping that together, my son can learn to eat properly, and so can I, since I was raised in a way that enabled my picky eating. My question is, then if we would be able to order charts that would show what our son can eat and one that would reflect a 35 and 38 year old’s diets?

    Again, thank you for your devotion to this. I am a pharmacist, nutrition consultant, motivational speaker, fertility counselor and author…and do you think I can get my own eating under control without accountability?? I am eager to begin a fresh chapter. I remember in treatment how helpful my food plans were and I am optimistic that by teaching and demonstrating to Holden at a young age, we can divert him from falling into the same traps.

    • Jean says:

      Hi, thank you for your kind words and the recognition of the value of The Eating Game. There is an eating game product for adults who want to pay attention to eating a healthy diet – it is called the Eater’s Choice Daily Meal Planner, with the same meal planning charting as in The Eating Game but no pictures; it is a dry erase, reusable chart. Your son is lucky to have you wanting to set the example for him to develop healthy eating habits!

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