Testimonials

Parents and professionals around the globe are sharing Eating Game Testimonials as an amazing resource to empower all ages and abilities to choose to eat a wider variety of healthy foods!

 

An Awesome Invention

It is with great pleasure I give a testimonial on behalf of our son Ethan, who was diagnosed with autism at 4 years of age.

 

In March, 2007 it was very clear to me that Ethan who was 6 years old had a real problem with “eating” various foods. He would only eat hotdogs and brown rice…..For breakfast, lunch and supper if we allowed him to do so. My husband and I were very discouraged by this as we tried so many different foods but to no avail.

Fruits, vegetables, meat, fish…he absolutely refused.

Our friend Jean Nicol was also concerned about Ethan’s eating habits and bless her heart worked day and night to come up with a solution. In no time at all……”The Eating Game” was invented! Jean included Ethan…even in naming this game…with Jean’s assistance 🙂

We Saw Gradual Improvements

We started Ethan right away on The Eating Game and lo and behold….he was not only interested, he gradually started eating a wider variety of foods. He loved picking the food he would have the next day and of course Ethan wanted his family to participate as well. There were foods that he absolutely refused to eat but with the many foods he was trying (some he loved / some he disliked)…we were more than pleased.

Ethan was in full control of his new wonderful food choices and he looked forward nightly in planning his and our meals, an added bonus. One year later Ethan had added over 200 new foods and to date (May, 2010) Ethan continues to make good choices, eating many new foods……too many to count now! 🙂

Yes, Ethan still enjoys hotdogs and brown rice, but is satisfied to have them only once in awhile. The “Eating Game” has truly been a Godsend to not only Ethan but to our whole family and we will be forever grateful for this awesome invention! We highly recommend this game as it definitely works, is fun and reminds us at every meal to make good choices concerning our food intake.

Thank You so much Jean and Thank You for giving us the opportunity to give a testimony!

Sincerely, The Hillier Family

 

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A Welcomed Discovery

 

 

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.

Dr. Pippa Moss M.B., B.S., F.R.C.P.C., F.C.P.A

 

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It Is Phenomenal

Jean!!! I just received the Eating Game!!!!! It is phenomenal!!! I cannot wait to begin it with the kids on Monday. It really is awesome..and is going to really help my little one.

 

Actually, through using The Eating Game, my son – who is autistic – makes AWESOME food choices now! I am VERY thankful for this product!!! (2011

 

UPDATE This is the Best Eating Game in the world for picky eaters and Autistic children!!!! We still use it today! My sweet friend Jean is the creator of this amazing product!!!! (2017)

Dana O’Quinn Adams,  a mom

 

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I Am Very Impressed

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 the criteria 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, food choices and healthy living.

Barbara Laird www.beyondtheboxbasics.com

 

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A Definite Recommendation

Maxine purchased the PDF Download Edition of The Eating Game. Cyber space delivery from Canada took minutes. She and her children made the game together. She shares this with other parents:

“Having this visual has really helped my son to introduce more foods to his diet. He is far more receptive to try new things when he is in control of the choices being made for the day. I definitely recommend giving this programme a try.”

Maxine Roote, a mom from Australia

 

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 Just What We’d Hoped For

“We started using The Eating Game today with our daughter, and she’s eaten more today than any day in the past 2 weeks, which was exactly what we were hoping for.   She has been shaky and we want to come up with fun ways to get her to try new things, starting with just getting to eat more of what she already eats (which is not much). THANKS! “

Christine Mar, a mom

 

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A Big Sense of Pride

 

He loves the help of planning what he wants to try and taste. The game really puts it into their hands and that gives them a big sense of pride and accomplishment. Thank you again for all that you have been doing. It’s a great game!!!!

Melinda Kuhn Taubman, mom of a 13 year old boy

 

 

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Nutrition Program for Kids

The Eating Game has arrived!

We ordered the DIY Kit, so assembly is done at home. Shipping took one week and the quality is great. Stay tuned for highlights from our adventure with this nutrition program for kids with autism.

Natural and Friendly Healing of Autism

 

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Get A Balanced Diet

The Eating Game is a wonderfully autism-friendly (visual, logical) approach to helping children achieve a more balanced diet. It’s NOT just for children with autism – other children love it too – I can attest to that as well       

Dr. Heather MacKenzie; The Autistic Child’s Guide, Self Regulation in Everyday Life, spark-kids.ca

 

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Let Kids Take Control

We like the Eating Game in our house, all four of my kids are benefiting. It helps me, mindful of good food choices, to eat well also.

The Eating Game should be ready for any home dinner routine, and in all schools. A healthy nutritious fun game that adds happy, nothing better than that. Every child eats school morning tea and lunch, so many Beavers and Brownies camps and holiday camp and rainy day board games for top Educational awards. All cooking school gift vouchers and supermarkets to stock them worldwide. Let’s put that out there on the visualisation board. Kid friendly cafes. Child Centres. Let’s them take control. I love it. Thank you. You are a genius. Has helped us so much. Taken lots of stress off. I wished I had found this solution years ago.

Karen Jane Nuttall Pike

 

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Going Beyond The Meal Planning!

When Linda Mastroianni received The Eating Game we got this message and photos, ” 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!” Read on to learn how Emilio not only planned his meals but also took this beyond just daily meal planning.
“This it absolutely amazing because it gives the child the choice to pick what he/she wants to eat. Check out the pictures.” 

“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.” 

“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.”

Beyond Meal Planning

“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! :-)”
NOTE: We later received an order for a second Eating Game because Emilio wanted to take one to school for his classmates.
 

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What The Eating Game Is To Me

When I first heard of The Eating Game I was excited. Having someone in my neighbouring town care about the health and well-being of others as much as I did was awesome. Then I learned even more about its brilliance and realized the benefits for picky eaters everywhere!

Awesome for Autism

Jean Nicol has spent much of her life working with families and students with challenges such as Autism; parents who fought daily with their children just to get them to do something as simple as eat.

Parenting is hard on the easiest of days. If you have kids you’ll know what I mean. But to have one or more children who show signs of Autism or just picky eaters it can be frustrating.

Meaningful Mealtimes

Mealtime should be when families bond, relating stories about their day over a shared meal but that’s not for everyone. Picky eaters, in general, may demand a special meal for themselves. This creates more hassle for you and time away from the rest of your family. One solution is to all eat the basic much loved foods your child eats but The Eating Game is the better alternative.

Seeing a copy of the invention clarified things for me as it will your family. Giving back the freedom to choose to your child speaks volumes to them while you can still limit the unhealthy items and still have control. It helps you encourage your children to try new things and more readily accept their opinion if they try it and don’t like it. Just know that you can try again as they may change their minds.

Being able to get this system digitally increases the functionality of it as you can start today and appreciate meal time again!

Give it a try, it may just be the fix you’ve been needing!

 

Sarah ButlandParent and Writer , Author of Sending You Sammy 

 

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News From Italy

“We ordered the Digital Edition of The Eating Game. We use The Eating Game with our 4yr old boy who has a low level of autism, and is very selective on foods!! Once he was presented with The Eating Game, he loved choosing the foods for the menu, and naming them!!

 

The Eating Game has taken the stress away from introducing new foods and better preparing him for what to expect come dinner time!!

I would recommend the Eating Game to anyone who has picky eaters!!”

Shantele Aikman, mom

 

 

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An Amazing Tool

 

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

 

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It’s Fabulous

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.

 

Linda Mastroianni , Autism Consultant, Speaking Autism

 

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Easy to Use Resource

 

“The Eating Game” is a practical and easy to use resource that can assist parents to expand their child’s food choices.”

Ellen Yack Registered

Occupational Therapist www.ellenyack.com

 

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For Home and School

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 schoolWhat 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.

 

Glenda Lannon, Paradise, NL ~ a very appreciative mom

 

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A Wonderful Product

“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 been 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.”

Shirley Rempel A Mom After God’s Own Heart http://therempels4.blogspot.com/

 

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Amazingly Easy to Use

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 the criteria 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, food choices and healthy living.

Barbara Laird www.beyondtheboxbasics.com

 

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So Many Options

Jean – 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!!!

Now he also 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.

His pride in these accomplishments is wonderful. We are seeing he 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.

Sherry Brummer-Cibrano, mom

 

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Innovative Simple Tool

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!

Paula Aquilla, Occupational Therapist, Co-Author of Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration

 

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The Health Curriculum

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.

Linda Facey Special Ed. Coordinator, with both Jr. and Sr. High students with severe needs.

 

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A Fantastic Tool

“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 a lot 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.”

Chynna T. Laird  Author of “I’m Not Weird, I Have SPD” Author of “Not Just Spirited: One Mom’s Sensational Journey With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)”Author of “The Sensory Diet: Setting the Sensational Child Up For Success” )

 

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A Wonderful Resource

 

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 planning chart 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 chart 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.

Many Benefits

Not only would Special Need families benefit from The Eating Game; but all families who want to encourage their children to eat healthily. In addition, 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 as well as page with suggestions for using the kit… told you Jean was very thorough when she created this wonderful resource.

Lorna d’Entremont,  https://kidcompanions.com/

http://kidcompanions.blogspot.com/

 

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Drum Roll Please!

“Dear 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.”

Kim Fields, Managing Editor of the Autism Asperger’s Digest http://autismdigest.com/

 

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Give It A Go!

 

“The Eating Game is one of the best resources I have seen in a long time! Give it a go.”

Chris Barson founded Positive About Autism in January 2009.

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About Jean

Jean Nicol is the Inventor and Patents owner for The Eating Game. She is the owner of the business EYECAN CREATIONS Publications, the home base for all business related to The Eating Game. Jean is a retired Special Education Teacher who is a very passionate autism advocate. Her inspiration for creating The Eating Game was an autistic boy whose family wanted the best for him, starting with good health promoted by healthy eating. The Eating Game accomplished that for him and now many more children and their families around the world. Learn more at http://theeatinggame.ca/ Jean enjoys contact with Eating Game users and will reply to emails as quickly as she can to answer any questions or concerns.