The Eating Game Inspiration
The Eating Game was created as my response to a friend asking for “HELP!” She needed help for her son Ethan who was a six year old with autism. I knew Ethan well and I understood her frustrations and his with regards to his diet!
Mom felt that with a nutrition degree,my experience and passion for autism and my creative abilities that perhaps I could suggest a solution. This was not the first time I pondered a solution for helping kids who had eating issues.
Retirement came after teaching special education for 20 years. Then I worked as an autism consultant and early interventionist. I saw so much need for intervention for children and their eating habits.
Importance of Early Intervention
Early intervention for children who are experiencing difficulties of any kind is important. As a matter of fact diet should be no exception! In most families once a baby is no longer nursing and/or eating baby foods they eat the family fare! Understandably they will copy adult behaviors when it comes to eating – not always a good plan!
It is important to focus efforts on teaching children skills for independence. In doing this, we need to pay more attention to teaching them to make good food choices and to learn appropriate portion sizes.
In Canada we have an ideal example of how to do this teaching – Canada’s Food Guide! And it is free for the asking! It made sense to me to begin with this excellent resource, which is very similar to health recommendations in other countries.
Why The Eating Game
I initially created The Eating Game for 1 child with autism. With it’s immediate success I knew I had something that would be beneficial to many more children with autism.
Indeed it has been that and much more as many other children have fun using it and improving their eating habits! Of course this is wonderful for today but more importantly it is hopefully the beginning of a lifetime of healthy eating!