Just Take a Bite: Easy, Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges!

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Future Horizons, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 236 pages
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Winner of an iParenting Media Award! Is your child a "picky" eater or a full-fledged resistant eater? Does he or she eat only 3-20 foods, refusing all others? Eat from only one food group? Gag, tantrum, or become anxious if you introduce new foods? If so, you have a resistant eater. Learn the possible causes, when you need professional help, and how to deal with the behavior at home. Learn why "Don't play with your food!" and "Clean your plate!" - along with many other old saws - are just plain wrong. And who said you have to eat dessert last? Get ready to have some stereotypes shattered!

Helpful chapters include:

  • Who Are Resistant eaters?
  • Oral-Motor Development
  • Environmental and Behavioral Factors Contributing to Problems with Eating
  • Sensory-Based and Motor-Based Problems Affecting the Resistant Eater
  • Motor-Based Eating Problems vs. Sensory-Based Eating Problems
  • Designing and Implementing a Comprehensive Treatment Plan
  • Environmental Controls
  • Gastrointestinal, Physical and Oral-Motor Development
  • Stages of Sensory Development for Eating
  • A Recipe for Success
 

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Specialty book for the problem of resistant eating. (Resistant eating is the severe end of the eating spectrum) or have a problem that stops them from getting a balanced diet. Not every parent needs ... Read full review

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Contents

Who Are Resistant Eaters?
1
Identifying a Resistant Eater
2
Common Characteristics of a Resistant Eater
4
Food Neophobia Scale
10
Other Assessment Tools
12
OralMotor Development
15
In Utero
19
46 Months
21
Designing and Implementing a Comprehensive Treatment Plan
101
Guidelines for Writing a Treatment Plan
108
Part 1 Environmental Controls
113
Snack and Mealtime Schedules
114
The Mealtime Setting
117
Create a Supportive and Nurturing Environment
119
Portion Size and Food Selection
122
Food Selection
124

79 Months
22
1012 MonthOld
23
1315 MonthOld
24
1618 MonthOld
25
1924 MonthOld
26
2536 MonthOld
27
Food Texture and Eating Skills
28
Environmental and Behavioral Factors Contributing to Problems with Eating
33
Food Neophobia
34
Environmental Factors and Eating
37
Cultural Roadblocks
39
Resistant Eaters and Developmental Disabilities
48
SensoryBased and MotorBased Problems Affecting the Resistant Eater
55
Proprioceptive Sensory Information
57
Vestibular Sensory Information
59
Tactile Sensory Information
66
Gustatory Sensory Information Taste
69
Olfactory Sensory Information Smell
71
Visual Sensory Information
74
Auditory Sensory Information Hearing
76
Modulation
78
How to Use and Organize the Information We Have About the Resistant Eater
81
MotorBased Eating Problems vs SensoryBased Eating Problems
83
Reflux and Other Gastrointestinal Problems
85
Abnormal Sucking Pattern
89
Nasal Reflux
90
Gagging
91
Drooling
92
Tooth Grinding
93
Limited UpperLip Movement
94
Immature Spoon Feeding Skills
95
Immature CupDrinking Skills
96
Immature Biting and Chewing Skills
98
Guidelines for Food Selection
125
Food Jags
127
Guidelines for Addressing Food Jags
128
Appropriate Behavior During the Mealtime
129
Part 2 Gastrointestinal Physical and OralMotor Development
135
Gastrointestinal Comfort
136
Physical Development The Upper Body
140
The Lower Body
143
Postural Control Activities
144
OralMotor Activities
155
Awareness and Dissociation of Movement
157
Part 3 Stages of Sensory Development for Eating
171
Guidelines for Implementing the Stages for Sensory Development
173
Acceptance
175
Guidelines for Implementing Stage OneAcceptance
176
Food Diary
177
Touch
183
Guidelines for Implementing Stage TwoTouch
184
Mystery Item
185
Smell
188
Guidelines for Implementing Stage ThreeSmell
189
Food Jewelry
190
Taste
193
Guidelines for Implementing Stage FourTaste
194
Designing a Spit Bucket
196
Eating New Foods
200
A Recipe for Success
203
Cultural Factors
206
Older Children
207
Appendix
209
Cue Card Applications
215
References
231
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About the author (2004)

Lori Ernsperger, PhD, has more than twenty years of experience working in the public schools as a teacher, administrator, and behavioral consultant. She has had extensive training working with students who have behavior disorders, particularly those on the autism spectrum. Having earned her PhD in Special Education from Indiana University, Dr. Ernsperger has put her research and behavioral expertise to work in a variety of teaching, therapy, and behavior consultant roles. She currently serves as a private autism and behavioral consultant, and lives with her husband Tom and two children, Jessica and Ben, in Henderson, Nevada.

Tania Stegen-Hanson, OTR/L, has over ten years experience in therapy, consultation, and in-service training to school systems and private practice in South Africa and the USA. She is the owner of Achievement Therapy Center, a pediatric O.T. practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. She specializes in sensory integration therapy, oral-motor therapy, neuro-developmental therapy, and feeding disorders.

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