WHAT IS THIS “EATING GAME” ALL ABOUT?

The Eating Game has been granted Patent Rights

US PATENT # 8,333,593 B2

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planner is color coded to match the food pictures presented as choices for the child planning their own healthy meals!

fod bagsI have been asked if The Eating Game recommends eating nutrient-dense foods, organic foods, free range foods, clean foods. To be honest, if it did it would vastly limit its use and success where needed. Not that I wouldn’t recommend all of the above but for many it is perhaps not available to them for many reasons. What The Eating Game does promote is the choice of a healthy variety of foods that meets the recommendations of Canada’s Food Guide. We of course hope that parents will provide the best they can for their children.

The Eating Game needs to be an opportunity for kids from many backgrounds (knowledge of nutrition, socioeconomic status, other available/affordable support systems/organizations/doctors/therapists) it is not about the quality of foods being eaten (unfortunately) but rather about the variety of foods from the 4 food groups in our Canada’s Food Guide (much like guides from other countries)

There are over 200 food pictures, color coded for the 4 food groups – fruit & vegetables, grains, meat & alternatives, milk & alternatives. Then there are 5 daily meal planners based on age groups established by the food guide. It is meant to become part of the child’s/familiy’s daily routine. Originally invented for a child with autism but providing success internationally for children who are not autistic ~ it is making a difference in many lives.

I think the fact that it puts the child “in control” of making food choices for their meals is a main reason for its success. This is what picky eaters strive for and what kids with autism need. It is very visual, structured and hands on. It only requires 2 skills: 1) being able to make a choice 2) being able to match 4 colors. For a child who can manipulate the pictures themselves it offers an opportunity for independence and teaches healthy eating skills for a lifetime! Kids with autism generally don’t like surprises (many if not most meals are) so The Eating Game also offers them the predictability they need. Kids report that it is fun!

One always hopes that families are able to purchase the best quality of foods available and we need to strive to educate all but The Eating Game does not do that specifically. Parents will do the best they can when making food purchases.

Many children have other issues (SPD, allergies/food intolerances, medical issues) that need to be addressed before The Eating Game is used but then it does support any special diets needed because (although the kids don’t think about this) the parent is in control; they present the foods for choice. And of course the”bread” could be gluten free, “the bananas” could be organic, the “milk” could be almond and some foods may never be presented.

The Eating Game will meet the needs of many children and families struggling to improve eating habits and eat healthy meals. It is the opportunity we need to give our children to prepare them to be their personal best in all they do ~ it does all start with and depend on healthy bodies!

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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