We have created a facebook photo album that describes with photos and text how The Eating Game works. This album illustrates with photos and description, the components of The Eating Game which is presented in a 3 ring binder.
In 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.
My initial goal was to work with a six year old autistic boy and his parents. This little guy was presenting a very restricted list of foods he would eat – like many picky eaters.
Developing The Eating Game
We ruled out any physical needs related to eating. Testing showed that there were no food allergies. Sometimes it seemed that there might be sensory issue. However, this often changed. There was a lot of observation, discussion and journaling. Once we were sure what was needed we looked at strategies that helped him in other environments.
We knew that in general, he managed best with some familiar structure. Daily routines were very beneficial in meeting expectations and gaining independence. He always wanted to know what was coming next. Bedtime required that he know who would wake him up in the morning, mom or dad. A photo (of who would wake him) in his bedroom gave him great comfort. I think the most important issue was that with the above conditions being met, he wanted to be in control of choices.
Until The Eating Game he learned to have control by limiting the foods he would eat. This way he knew that he would have some of these foods. There has to be a better answer for parents than constant mealtime battles. Battling usually results in nothing being eaten. Parents know that family meals should not be battle grounds. Because they worry that their child isn’t eating they provide the preferred foods. Seldom does this satisfy the need for a healthy diet.
So I created what would work for this little guy. He called it “a game” because it was fun! It worked for him and in 15 months he was eating 200+ more foods. It worked for his family providing happy mealtimes and 1 meal for everyone!
Have a look at the album and see how The Eating Game could work for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions. I can help you figure out how this simple solution can work for you.
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