A few weeks ago I brought a story to you about the Brunelle Family as I am a Boost Kid Essentials Brand Ambassador, this month on the Boost Kid Essentials Facebook Page there is a story about a family dealing with Autism. The Hawkins Family. They have had a very hard timing knowing what he wants and what he doesn’t want. Children with Autism have trouble expressing emotion, in speech and as a mom it can be difficult feeding your child even when there is no communication barrier. Check out the Hawkins Family:
Yesterday I took my daughter to a Food Therapist, we discussed different kinds of foods and how to get her to try other foods that she always turns down. She’s not really a picky eater but there are a few things, a few different textures that she doesn’t prefer. I think mostly she doesn’t like her food all mixed up like in a casserole or soup, but the therapist still gave us some tips on how to her to try them. Here is a mixture of her new tips and old and true tips that work for our family
Give them a variety of food
Let them pick out food at the grocery store.
Let them explore the food on their terms (very hard for me because I don’t like a mess)
Encourage them to touch the food
Encourage them to smell the food.
Set a good example eat foods you want them to eat
Minimize the distractions, no TV and eat as a family
Get silly with the food
Don’t cater to their special requests – not everyone agrees with this tip, but I believe that children will not starve. They will eventually eat what you serve them. This doesn’t include special cases like the one above, or if your doctor advises you otherwise. There are professionals out there to help you.
On Wednesday, June 20, 2012. I’ll be participating in a live chat on the Boost Kid Essentials Facebook Page talking about my struggles with a picky eater and I would love for you to join me! And go ahead and share with us ways you get your children to eat.
I am a Boost Kid Essentials Brand Ambassador and this is a compensated post