THE CHANGE CHALLENGE!

Does your child have problems when faced with change?

Maybe it is a change in the brand of Cheerios because the favored brand was out of stock. Perhaps it is a change in the route you drive to school, due to an unexpected detour. Possibly the cause of a meltdown is that you cannot go to the library today, as you do every Saturday, because you are very ill.

Conceivably this could be the reason for the battles you wage a mealtime because what you have prepared is not the food your child wants to eat today. If you think about it mealtime is an ever changing environment, as most of us don’t like to eat the same limited number of foods day in and day out. In our busy day we are not likely to be preparing all family members for what we are having for supper. Yet this is perhaps what has to happen for some children to be able to cope.

Watching many children with ASD I have noted, as we all should, that each one is unique. Although no two are the same they do frequently share some common characteristics and needs in order to be the best that they can be in an every changing environment, that is for the most part out of their control. My observations over the past 30 years have been that many children on the spectrum need a structured, routine environment; one where they have the best chance of knowing what is coming next. Fortunately there are ways, strategies we can put in place to create such an environment, within our own, to satisfy these needs.(use of visual supports and social stories)

So that is why I created The Eating Game. It can be a structured, daily routine that your child, with your direction, can use to create a visual meal plan every day. They make the choices for meals and snacks (based on food pictures you present). They are in control and have created a very predictable meal plan. Their existing plan of self restricting their diet to be in control is no longer necessary. It will now be easier to introduce new foods, likely many will be a reintroduction of foods they used to eat. Since foods being served have not created a challenge it may now be easier for your child to deal with the social demands of your family meals, also very unpredictable.

The Eating Game has made a major difference in the lives of many children and their families. It may well be the solution you need! It is available in English and French, as a complete kit, a Make It Yourself Kit and as a downloadable, printable edition at www.theeatinggame.ca

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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