General information, social story and sorting activity useful suggested video.
As I have discussed in earlier posts, the turning point for us re-introducing food therapy type practices is certainly that our son is ready. We feel this is true because he is showing an increased understanding of why different foods (protein for example) are important for his health.
Our approach is very much about empowering Badger. We want him to be able to make healthy choices as he grows as a part of increasing independence and maintaining good health.
These resources are what we have used this week as an introduction to nutritional education. They've proven useful as Badger has eaten a number of foods that were previously off limits. OK so they were small amounts but it is a success and a foundation from which to grow.
Don't forget to check the symbols page for food items you may want to use in these discussions with your kiddo. :)
This is a really great video for children on understanding the food groups.
As we said, it's all about empowering those on the spectrum.
And knowledge is power.
One last thing...
Protein was really important to us. It was the food group we feel Badger was most missing out on. Particularly now as he is a teen and his body is working ridiculously hard on all that growing. It was also the group which, when supplemented, demonstrated how much impact a better diet could have. For some great ideas on how to discuss the importance of protein with your child then this article from Washington Post is great.
As we are currently in the midst of the greatest food battle of our lives with the biggest guy, we decided we'd share what we are using, doing and trying; And some things that maybe don't suit us but could help you.
As well as providing a really fun way to engage with your child, sensory activities are beneficial to all children... but especially to kids on the spectrum, with sensory processing disorder/dysfunction and other special needs.
Here we share lots of fun ways to challenge sensorial boundaries and satiate intense sensory demands.