The Eating Game: Great for Picky Eaters with Autism

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With recent news showing that those with Autism are often picky eaters, parents have begun searching for ways to combat that. Even though researchers have found that the picky eating has not affected a child’s growth, parents are still concerned that picky eaters are not eating healthy enough.

Jean Nicol, of Canada, knows how to beat picking eaters. She’s the creator of The Eating Game, a binder of tools for parents whose children have picky eating habits, especially for those with autism. She joined forces with EyeCan publishers and offers the “game” for a reasonable price of $79.95 (Canadian) plus shipping and tax.

The Eating Game Components:

The Eating Game includes: 3-ring binder, Canada's Food Guide, Suggestions to Get Started, Introductory text which includes Suggestions for Use, 4 sets of pictures, and 5 Daily Planning Sheets for ages 2 - 18.
The Eating Game comes with a total of 5 planning sheets:

  • 2-3 years
  • 4 - 8 years
  • 9 - 13 years
  • Female 14 - 18 years
  • Male 14 - 18 years

The pictures of food are laminated with Velcro on the backs to adhere them to the planning sheets and there are over 200 of these. The artwork is all original by Jenny Gilmore of Sun Rae Framing and Artwork, Truro, NS.

If there is more than one child in the home, there are choices to order specific parts for each additional child.

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What The Eating Game Does:

The Eating Game works by offering caregiver-approved food choices, based on the Canada Food Guide. Even residents of other countries can follow this guide or use the food choices based on their home countries’ guides.

Starting with foods that the picky eater already eats, a caregiver would offer pictures of those foods to the child. The child places the food tokens on the planning sheet, creating a daily meal plan with healthy options.

After some time, a caregiver can slowly add additional food tokens and take away some of the “comfortable” food choices; thusly expanding a child’s food repertoire. Once a child has explored a food, the token could be removed and replaced with another choice.

Sometimes the picky eater is not being picky because of sensory issues. Sometimes it is a matter of having control over what he or she is putting into his or her body. The Eating Game offers that control to the child but the caregiver controls what choices are available (based on food on hand or a planned dinner meal, for example).

However, sometimes the issue with food is sensory-based. The caregiver would offer food choices that do not aggravate the child’s sensory issues, minimizing meltdowns over eating. Children with autism often have a co-morbid disorder, called Sensory Processing Disorder, which prohibits the child from eating certain foods. Those foods differ from person to person.

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