AARC Tip of the Month - August 2016
Picky Eaters
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The following is a step-by-step way to get those picky eaters to try new foods:
  1. "Eat the food next to the child and comment, "This ___ is yummy." (It's important to make sure you have the child's attention and that you're observed eating the new food.)
  2. A friend of the child or a highly reinforcing person eats the food next to the child and comments, "This ___ is yummy." (Again, it is important to gain the child's attention first.)
  3. During in-home therapy time, school time, and downtime, therapists or parents take a picture of the desired food and talk about it. Do drills or sort foods into similar categories. We moved from pictures to actual whole bananas and other fruits in Jeff's therapy and play activities.
  4. Put a small amount of the food on a separate plate NEXT to the child's plate. Point to it and discuss it. Eat a few off the plate and comment, "This ___ is yummy."
  5. The big step: Put the food on the child's plate. The child does NOT eat the food, but has to tolerate the food being on the plate. Tell the child, "You don't have to eat the ____. It just needs to be on your plate during your meal."
  6. Next big step: Put the same food on the child's plate and during the meal, the child needs to TOUCH the food. Tell the child, "You don't have to eat the ____, it just needs to be TOUCHED with a finger once during your meal."
  7. Next really big step: Put the same food on the child's plate and during the meal, the child needs to PICK UP the food. Tell the child, "You don't have to eat the ____, it just needs to be PICKED UP ONCE during your meal."
  8. Now we are moving: Put the same food on the child's plate and during the meal, your child needs to PICK UP AND PUT THE FOOD ON HIS/HER LIPS. Tell the child, "You don't have to eat the ____, it just needs to be PICKED UP AND PUT ON YOUR LIPS once during your meal."
  9. Guess what? The next step includes the dreaded tongue! Put the same food on the child's plate and during the meal, your child needs to PICK UP AND PUT THE FOOD ON HIS/HER TONGUE. Tell the child, "You don't have to eat the ____, it just needs to be PICKED UP AND PUT ON YOUR TONGUE once during your meal."
  10. Last step-the holy grail: PUTTING THE SMALLEST PIECE in his/her mouth and finally swallowing the food. It is highly possible that little chewing will happen the first go-around. Work with your child to chew before swallowing the food as the final step!"

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Can't Eat, Won't Eat: Dietary difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders
By: Brenda Legge
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, c2002
ISBN:  9781853029745

Description: "A decade ago the author's son first took a dislike to milk, and then to virtually every other substance she attempted to feed him. Her book was written to reassure other parents that there are lots of people out there in the same boat, and to suggest practical methods of dealing with the problem."--publisher's website.
Food Chaining: The proven 6-step plan to stop picky eating, solve feeding problems, and expand your child's diet
By: Cheri Fraker .. [et al.]
Marlowe, c2007
ISBN: 9781600940163
ISBN ebook: 9780786732753

Description: Focuses on the relationship between foods in regard to taste, temperature, and texture to help you help your child enjoy new and nutritious foods, now matter the severity of his picky eating.
Just Take a Bite
Just Take a Bite: Easy, effective answers to food aversions and eating challenges!
By: Lori Ernsperger, Tania Stegen-Hanson
Foreword by Temple Grandin
Future Horizons, Inc., c2004
ISBN: 9781600940163

Description: This book provides a treatment plan for each distinct area of difficulty. It includes case studies and activities.
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