The Eating Game was developed by my friend Jean Nicol who has many years of experience working with children with autism and has been a champion advocate for families. She is well recognized for her knowledge in the world of autism and she developed this amazing tool to assist with managing eating issues for an specific child with autism. It was so successful for him and his family that she went on to expand it and get it patented. If you know a child with autism or a person who works with children with autism please pass this on. It also works for children who are fussy eaters and they love the game. Pat Lord, Social Worker, Adoption Services Learn more about The Eating Game https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheEatingGame/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10150096883195390
Linda Mastroianni, a mother and autism consultant says, ” Ohhh I'm so excited! Look what I received in the mail today. Jean Nicol thank you so much! I can't wait to try this with Emilio! It’s fabulous! The pictures are all color coded - Vegetable/Fruit - Grain Products / Milk & Alternatives/ Meat and Alternatives. It comes with a menu planner with velcro and two additional blank sheets with 7 full rows of velcro to place your images. I mean this it absolutely amazing because it gives the child the choice to pick what he/she wants to eat.Speaking Autism by Linda Mastroianni Autism Consultant says."If you have a child who is a picky eater, I highly recommend you try The Eating Game. I did with Emilio and he absolutely loves it. What's great about The Eating Game is that it allows the child to create their own daily menu in a fun and game styled fashion. But The Eating Game does something else too. In my son's case, he started checking the refrigerator and pantry to see if anything was missing for him to complete his daily menu. That was an added bonus and on top of that I stretched it even more by having him write his own grocery list AND getting his own stuff at the grocery store. So The Eating Game does so much more than just help a picky eater. Go check them out, you won't regret it! :-)"
Registered Occupational Therapist www.ellenyack.com
“The Eating Game” is a practical and easy to use resource that can assist parents to expand their child’s food choices.
I am a mom of two grown young men. My oldest son, James, is 19 years old and has Autism. James is Non-Verbal and relies on using a PECs system to help him understand what is expected of him. I purchased two of your Eating Games as I use one at home and the other for his school. What I love the most about this fantastic game is it’s based on the Canada Food Guide. For my son James loves to eat. It helps him understand when its meal time and what he is allowed to eat, plus it helps us monitor to ensure he is getting all the food groups required of a healthy diet. James can be very compulsive around food so this game helps us monitor what he consumes during the day. Using the visual cues offers my son the ability to make choices as well. I recommend anyone who has a child with Autism who may be a picky eater or a compulsive eater use this Eating Game as part of their daily lives. Jean you have provided a wonderful tool for parents; it’s so structured and very easy to use and all the pictures come with the game. Thank you for providing me with the tools to assist my son with good healthy food choices using the Canada’s Food Guide in a Visual Picture System. Well Done.
A Mom After God’s Own Heart
“I am a mom of two young children, and also run a home daycare so eating healthy and balanced meals is very important to me. The Eating Game has be invaluable for me to include my children, and those I care for, in the process of menu planning! Not only does it help my children eat everything I make (because I know they like it, as they picked it to eat) but it is teaching them proper nutrition as well. Thank you for making such a wonderful product and I know that The Eating Game will be used for many years to come in my home.”
I am very impressed with the Eating Game. As a huge proponent of using visual supports for individuals of all ages, this Game fits all thecriteria I believe is important in creating and using visual tools. It is interactive, tactile, colorful, motivating and can be individualized for any age and / or developmental level. It is an amazingly easy to use,positive and fun game to help individuals understand nutrition, foodchoices and healthy living.
ean – Thank you so much for sharing your “Eating Game” with me!!!!! My son is a horrible eater and you have given me so many options as a parent of an ASD child that I did not have before. His anemic level has gone down significantly since implementing your program. Can’t thank you enough. A dear friend of mine (who lives in Canada) ordered it for me after hearing the trouble I was experiencing with my son regarding his diet (not willing to try new foods) and the ill effect it was having on his overall health. It was the best gift I have ever received!!! He also now will comply in the supermarket because we play “The Shopping Game”. He must locate the foods shown, name them, put them in the cart, and then place them on the register belt. He is so proud of himself and is even more eager to sample and taste because he played a large part in the purchase, and at home, the preparation of the meals themselves. You were a catalyst for us!!! At the risk of sounding redundant – I truly can’t thank you enough.
I have used The Eating Game with several of my families. This innovative yet simple to use tool has given a sense of control to the children with eating difficulties. It’s put them in the ‘driver’s seat’. With choice and predictability, children can better manage their anxiety around eating. It also creates a spirit of co-operation between children and parents and gives anxious parents a wonderful strategy in helping their children eat. I highly recommend the Eating Game for people of any age!
Dr. Pippa Moss M.B., B.S., F.R.C.P.C., F.C.P.A
As a Child Psychiatrist who specialises in the care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, I meet a lot of youngsters with feeding difficulties. Living and working in rural areas we often do not have easy access to more specialised services and so an approach to this which makes sense, from a child’s point of view, and is easy to use for parents was a welcome discovery. With an increasing sense of control, children are able to expand their food choices and move towards a healthy diet. Often their parents realise that dietary changes that need to be made in the household – so everyone benefits. I have purchased 4 of the books so far – each one was well used and each eventually became so loved by a family without resources to buy their own copy that I hadn’t the heart to ask for it back. I suspect that I’ll need to order another in time.
Special Ed. Coordinator, with both Jr. and Sr. High students with severe needs.
I find “The Eating Game” to be a wonderful teaching tool especially with autistic children. It helps that it is so easy to use. It has been used numerous times in conjunction with the Health curriculum to stress healthy eating habits. The kids love the fact that they can rearrange the food groups with such ease. There is a great selection for them to choose from which keeps them engaged in learning. I would recommend this product for use with either Special Needs students or Health classes.
LILY WOLF WORDS
“I have four children, two with SPD, ASD and other issues, and The Eating Game has been a fantastic tool to help us with eating. Jaimie (seven) has a highly defensive tactile system that results in her resisting foods based on their texture. Often she likes the ‘taste’ of foods but gags on their texture. She also has dyspraxia and needs alot of visual cues to start and keep going with tasks. Xander, is usually a ‘seeker’ but also has chewing/eating issues. What The Eating Game has done for us is made food/mealtime fun while offering the visuals Jaimie needs for ‘no surprises’ with meals. Plus she’s used to the “Jaimie’s choice” and “Mama’s choice” with her Sensory Diet so this works right in with our usual tools. What we’ve started doing now is experimenting with various textures (eg: lumpy, crunchy, raw, frozen or puree) to get Jaimie to try the foods then change the textures so she can get used to them. For Xander, we can give him a good mix of his ‘favorites’ with crunchier/chewier foods to help him with chewing. Thank you, Jean, for this incredible tool. We still have to work in baby steps with both Jaimie and Xander but we are having more ‘okay’ days in terms of meals and eating than we used to. AND the good eaters in our house are having fun experimenting with putting meals together.”
As soon as you open the well packaged Eating Game box, you know that great care went in preparing this meal planning tool. My grandchildren and I had fun getting to know The Eating Game. Even the 4 yr old understood and could participate. Here is what we wish to share with you. Good quality paper has been laminated to withstand use by many little hands who will find pleasure in helping adults in their life plan healthy meals. The laminated pages, handily organized and protected in a ring binder can be easily removed and replaced. You will find nine laminated Daily Planning guides, one for each of the 9 categories of individuals (ages 2-3, ages 4-8, ages 9-13, females ages 14-18,… males ages 51+) Each guide follows Canada’s Food Guide by having the recommended number of food item servings per day needed for that age group and gender ( when applicable ). Each Daily Planning guide has columns to plan three meals and three snacks eaten on one day. Everything, pictures and daily planning guides are color coded to correspond with the included Canada’s Food Guide. Jean Nicol thought of everything to make this kit durable, efficient and fun to use. Not only would Special Need families benefit from The Eating Game; but all families who want to encourage their children to eat healthily. Furthermore it is a great way to introduce new foods, learn the names of new foods and learn to read them as they are typed under each picture. Planning meals in advance during a stress free time, perhaps the evening before, will ensure happier meal times for all family members. Jean has an information sheet with suggestions for getting started and also another page with suggestions for using the kit… told you Jean was very thorough when she created this wonderful resource.
Managing Editor of the Autism Asperger’s Digest
ear Jean, I just wanted to let you know that I rec’d the pkg, and have had the chance to test it with my son. Drum roll, please….It’s a hit! I’m so excited to share it with our AADigest readers
Positive About Autism
The Eating Game is one of the best resources I have seen in a long time! Give it a go.”